Visual quality plan UMC Utrecht approved
After two years of hard work and design, our visual quality plan for the UMC Utrecht was approved last week. In addition, last Thursday saw the opening of the children's theatre of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, based on a design by interior architect Margareth Bleeker - the first renovation realised under supervision of Dorte Kristensen.
When the UMCU was completed in 1989, it was one of the most modern academic hospitals in the Netherlands. More than 30 years later, the complex has been expanded, rebuilt and adapted several times; in addition, it no longer meets the healthcare demands of this day and age.
When the UMCU was completed in 1989, it was one of the most modern academic hospitals in the Netherlands. Now however, more than 30 years later, the complex has been expanded, rebuilt and adapted several times. At the same time, the vision of tomorrow's care is changing. On the one hand, this vision is anchored in high-tech advancements at an international, academic level; on the other hand, care is about the human scale and the personal approach.
Therefore, Atelier PRO was commissioned to develop a visual quality plan for the UMC Utrecht. This plan will serve as a framework for all the separate renovations, in order to ensure that the complex can consistently and continuously adjust itself to the care of tomorrow. Atelier PRO thinks of the building as 'sleeping beauty'. In the coming - many – years, it can and will be transformed into a lasting modern hospital complex – but always with respect for the original design. The renewed UMCU will be a complex with pleasant spaces for patients and visitors, which will continue to offer excellent care, where training is provided at university level and where research of international stature is conducted.
Dorte Kristensen, atelier PRO: "We want to sustainably preserve what is there and lovingly improve it, so that the complex can continue to excel and evolve with tomorrow's care."