The Erasmus MC, designed by EGM, was elected winner of the category "Interior Design and Arts" at the award ceremony of the European Healthcare Design Awards in London. The prize is the most important European architectural prize for healthcare environments. The prestigious prize is awarded to the most inspiring project that manages to exceptionally create an empathetic and compassionate care environment which reflects the values of the caregiver through the integrated application of interior design and (visual) art.
The interior of the new complex receives this recognition for successfully creating a Healing Environment tangible in all respects. A hospital which became a healthy building through usage of the right blend of shapes, materials and colours and the natural and large-scale integration of greenery and art. A building that matches the human dimension. The prize was awarded by Alexandra Coulter (Director of Arts & Health South West) at the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London.
An inspirational project that demonstrates exeptional skill
Lead judge Alexandra Coulter, Arts & Health South West, UK
Art has a beneficial role within Erasmus MC. Art creates a warm welcome, distraction from stress and sadness and plays a part in signage. Erasmus MC, its art committee and EGM have naturally integrated art into the medical centre; many works of art were selected from the existing collection and given a new place. Such as the work of Stephan Balkenhol, made from the old plantation of the Coolsingel Hospital. Or the huge face made by Jaume Plensa in the interior street and "KIT" by Rotterdam’s wood artist Ron van de Ende near the main entrance.
European Healthcare Design Congress The award ceremony, organized by Architects for Health and Salus, took place during the 5th edition of the European Healthcare Design Conference on June 18, 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The full press release can be read by the link on the right.
Erasmus MC has previously been voted the best building in Rotterdam by both jury and public, received prizes for the roof garden, an honourable mention at the Dutch Daylight Award and category winner "Stimulating Environments" of BNA’s Best Building of the Year 2019.