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Feeling grounded

Look at this photograph. Does it make you feel calm? You’d hope so as it’s Denmark’s largest dedicated psychiatric hospital, in the Zealand city of Slagelse. The 44,000m² complex, with five-storey main hospital block within a complex of low-level buildings for up to 194 patients, all set around calming courtyards, was designed by Danish firms Karlsson Architects and VLA. Extensive use of timber gives the facility a humanistic, tactile feel; helped, says flooring company Sherwin Williams, by its complementary SofTop flooring, combining high-solids flexible epoxy resin with coloured rubber chips in a trowelled mortar system. The result? ‘A seamless floor that offers ergonomic comfort and noise reduction’. And couching the footfall of all those Freudian therapists.



Tuesday 24th May, 09:00 – 11:15 am

PiP Offices and Working place design webinar

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