Surgical Building, Karlstad Central Hospital

The new surgical building in Karlstad is unique in many ways. The new building accommodates everything involving surgery and combines them under the same roof in a modern, flexible surgery unit. This will create a new and better way of working.

Project: Surgical Building, Karlstad

Role: Architect

Size: SEK 1.5 billion

Location: Karlstad

Client: Landstinget in Värmland and Skanska Sverige AB

People come to the surgical building when they are at their most vulnerable, so it is important for the design to provide a reassuring and beautiful environment. In order to optimise the admission of natural daylight, Sweco has opened up the corridors towards facades with windows, set up glass partition walls between rooms and incorporated a large number of atria. The new entrance will also admit lots of natural daylight, as it reaches up two floors and creates openness and spaciousness. Sweco also worked with artistic decorations, both to bring a touch of character to the building and to make it easier for patients to navigate via effective way-finding.

There are a total of 21 operating theatres dispersed over three units: one unit for emergency surgery, one for hospitalised patients and one for outpatient surgery. Each operating theatre is approximately 57m2 and 90% of its light is natural daylight. Each operating unit has a 55-bed preoperative and postoperative unit. The project also comprises the construction of a sterilisation and decontamination centre, rebuilding of the endoscopy unit, rebuilding of the “simple intravenous anaesthesia (IVA)” unit, as well as admission facilities, including reception and a small conference unit and research facilities.

Sweco worked on the rebuilding and construction of new buildings for the Karlstad Central Hospital on behalf of Landstinget in Värmland and Skanska. The vision was to create Sweden’s most efficient surgical building with low operating and energy costs. The aim is for the building to be environmentally certified to LEED Healthcare Gold.


Photo: Tim Meier