​The goal of the project Movement is to optimize the opportunities for physical activity and movement for patients, families and staff at BørneRiget.

Time horizon

  • Start-up: August 2017
  • Partial Delivery: January 2018
  • Completion: Consecutive


The concept is formulated to a significant extent in overall terms, so that movement has a spill over effect on and from the other concepts where interfaces may exist, such as integrated play, art, architecture, Sleep & Light.

Initial studies conducted at Rigshospitalet show that a large proportion of patients and their relatives are not very active during hospitalization and often feel that there are no opportunities for physical activity. This lack of activity can have a damaging effect on the body and the mental state for both patients and their relatives, during and after hospitalization. This project will focus on making movement a natural and integrated part of the building and everyday life of patients, relatives and staff at BørneRiget, to help patients and relatives to be discharged with the best possible physical and mental health. The hope is that, the patients thereby will be better able to engage in physical and social everyday activities at home, at school and in the spare time - even after a long hospitalization.

The concept of movement is charged with:
  • Defining what movement and physical activity means for patients, relatives and staff.
  • Formulating what the purpose is of incorporating movement at BørneRiget.
  • Exposing how movement can be incorporated at all levels (bay rooms, hallways, common areas, fingertips, etc.).

The project is in its initial phase, where the focus has been on making recommendations for the building physics - what should be written in the architects' drawings to BørneRiget. The project continues with new focus areas towards the opening in 2024, with the purpose of integrating physical activity in the building and in the organization at BørneRiget


The project is based on the recommendations from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority on physical activity and the scientific work underlying these recommendations - especially with regard to the negative effects of physical inactivity on the body and the mentality.

In addition, the project builds on the knowledge gained from the preliminary study in 2014, which is supported by a follow-up questionnaire sent to the user panel of the Juliane Marie Centre. In addition, interviews have been conducted with staff working and experienced with physical activity at Rigshospitalet. The aim of the interviews has been to uncover existing activities and facilities at Rigshospitalet, as well as the experiences from here that could be included in the project. When selecting interviewees, a wide focus was needed to cover the wide palette of users at Rigshospitalet. The respondents included staff from physiotherapy and occupational therapy, occupational safety representatives for staff, social education worker for adolescents, PhD student/physiotherapist, and nurse from Bonkolab, focusing on the movement of children with cancer.

This work forms the basis for the recommendations made in the project. These recommendations appear in the report "Movement at BørneRiget. A review of needs and opportunities for movement - now and going forward". Recommendations can be found in chapter 2 RECOMMENDATIONS as well as in the annex of the report - Appendix 1.

The next task of the project is the development of focus areas that are considered to have great potential or need for movement. This entails the isolation rooms, winter gardens, outdoor areas and outpatient departments, where development projects must give concrete expression to the furnishing. This is expected to begin during the project proposal phase, which runs from February to September 2018.


Project Manager

Further information can be obtained from Mads Lund Vestergaard.