Evidence-based design and the Healing Environment concept are fixed pillars for all our designs for the healthcare sector. A healing environment is one that reduces stress and anxiety and promotes patient well-being. While there is no shortage of opinions about healing environments, we are fortunate to have real, in-house expertise based on extensive scientific research and experience.
Wiegerinck has been designing for the healthcare sector for more than 70 years. And fortunately, the healthcare sector is increasingly concerned about the sustainability of its structures. At Wiegerinck, we prefer to think in terms of ‘healthy buildings’, because sustainability is so much more than saving energy and using natural materials.
People and nature are inextricably linked. Our actions affect the earth, and the earth affects us. The climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have demonstrated this all too clearly. Worldwide, the construction sector is responsible for 30% of total CO₂ emissions and 40% of raw material consumption. This could be different; this has to be different.
Healthy buildings are good for the planet and the people who live on it. But what is a healthy building exactly?
A healthy building:
The building blocks for a healthy building
In our vision, a healthy building consists of five building blocks: social value, adaptability, material, energy and ecology—building blocks that our design team considers in their entirety. Together with the client, we determine which principles will be monitored throughout the design process, and in doing so, a healthy building is born.
The Netherlands aims to be fully circular by 2050. What does this mean? It means we have two options: we can create a system based on all values, rather than solely financial ones, or we can create a system that returns all values to a financial value, for example by applying principles such as ‘the polluter pays’. Circular also means thinking long term instead of short term. The building’s overall usability should thus be considered in the early stages of development. After all, we are building for the longest possible future.
Healthy dose of knowledge
Wiegerinck offers over 70 years of design experience in healthcare, home care, leisure, education and research. This wealth of knowledge enables us—together with our clients and technical partners—to create a sustainable, healthy environment.
Building Information Model (BIM) has become absolutely essential in multidisciplinary design and implementation processes. It’s so much more than a way of visualizing complex projects in 3D. BIM is a design tool, project coordination method and data management system in one. We at Wiegerinck have successfully used BIM in all kinds of major construction projects, including the Amphia Hospital in Breda, Tergooi MC in Hilversum, and the Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center on the VU Campus.
BIM is a powerful tool that ensures continuous coordination between the various design disciplines. Throughout the entire process, from design to completion, BIM significantly reduces the risk of errors and misunderstandings. It acts as a complete digital dossier, giving all those involved access to all available information at any point in the project. And later on, a good BIM can be invaluable in management and maintenance.
Transparency as the basis for success
In our projects, we work with one integral, digital BIM environment. This environment is accessible to all stakeholders, whether they have an active modeling role or not. We keep everyone connected so that the project can be developed in full transparency. Not only does this offer a clear overview, it also promotes trust and certainty—the basis of every successful project.
Within BIM, various models are linked in real time. We work with different models for architecture, installations and structures, allowing us to protect the integrity of each area of the project. In other words, we can see each other’s work, but we cannot make changes to it. By sharing data in real time, we can ensure that everyone always has access to the latest information. It also allows us to closely monitor other important variables, such as budget, time and quality.
Wiegerinck handles BIM direction and remains in close contact with other involved parties to work through potential clashes. After all, untangling difficult knots is a constant part of the design process. Problems, analyses and solutions are all clearly documented, so we always know which decisions were made and when.
At every meeting
During our meetings, BIM allows us to show you the current state of affairs with 3D video images or VR. This gives everyone the opportunity to consider our proposals and provide the appropriate feedback. And of course, the digital platform remains accessible, even with a web browser.
Wiegerinck’s designs are regularly evaluated by expert juries. Although winning prizes is not our goal, we are always happy to receive recognition for our work.
Architectenweb Care Building of the Year Award 2020
Hilversum Architecture Award 2019 – 2020 (nomination)
European Healthcare Award 2018 (nomination)
Nijmegen Green Capital Award 2018
European Architecture Awards 2017 (nomination)
ARC Detail Award 2016
BNA Best Building of the Netherlands 2016 (nomination)
Hedy d’Anconaprijs 2012 (nomination)
Dutch Steel Award 1988
Meet the Wiegerinck professionals—all our architects, structural engineers, project managers and support staff. You can count on them from first contact to final delivery.
There are currently no vacancies available. Wiegerinck is however always in search of motivated and passionate architecture, interior architecture and building engineering students for a traineeship. Please send your motivation together with your CV and portfolio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiegerinck Architecten Arnhem B.V.
6828 HZ Arnhem
Dutch Chamber of Commerce: 09032134
IBAN: NL18 ABNA 0230 2501 06
VAT number: NL 0065.19.039.B.01