The New Rigshospital

Rigshospitalet aims to be Denmark's international hospital and rate among Europe's top ten research hospitals.

Facts about the North Wing 

The North Wing is the new treatment building at Rigshospitalet. The first turf for the North Wing was cut in January 2014.

Around 1,500 staff from 12 departments from the Neuroscience Centre, the Centre of Head and Orthopaedics, the Centre of Diagnostic Investigation and the Service Centre, as well as two centre management teams will be moving into the new building.

The North Wing has been designed for highly specialised surgery and treatment for many different types of patient, e.g. patients who: 
  • have neck cancer, malignant melanoma, breast cancer or brain cancer. 
  • have burns, and patients who need skin reconstruction. 
  • need teeth, jaw or facial surgery. 
  • have epilepsy and other nervous disorders. 
  • need bone or joint surgery. 
  • need complicated eye surgery. 
  • have critical brain and nervous diseases requiring intensive monitoring and treatment 24 hours a day. 


The North Wing was built in two phases. The first and largest phase of the North Wing, which opened on 14 January 2020, is 54,700 m2. The second phase, which will open in summer 2020, is 10,500 m2. The North Wing will have a total floor area of 65,200 m2, corresponding to around 465 average-sized houses.

The North Wing is 234 m long, 57 m wide and 36 m high at its highest point. Besides the basement, the North Wing is three floors high at the one end starting at Blegdamsvej, and eight floors high at the opposite end. 


  • The first phase of the North Wing includes: 
  • 209 rooms – 196 of which are private rooms with own shower and toilet. 
  • 33 operating theatres. 
  • An intensive care section for neurological and neurosurgical patients with 20 intensive care rooms (private rooms) and ten recovery beds. 
  • Ten scanners (MRI and CAT scanners) and two X-ray rooms. 
  • Two rooms for acute removal of brain blood clots. 
  • An operation reception and recovery section for 80-100 patients a day. 
Furthermore, outpatient consultation rooms, office spaces, conference areas and changing facilities will be established.

The first phase of the North Wing has more than 2,110 rooms and more than 150 types of room.

The private rooms and outpatient consultation rooms are on average 21 m2. A standard operating theatre in the North Wing is 60 m2.

More than 500 outpatients are expected to arrive on weekdays for registration in the expansive common reception hall in the North Wing. 

Patient pathways 

Flows and processes take their outset in patient needs. Specialist competences will follow the patient, so diagnostics have also been incorporated into the North Wing.

Outpatient consultation rooms are easy to get to from the new reception hall. Patients register in the reception hall via a new check-in system that enables them to use any waiting time in the best way possible.

The new operation reception and recovery section means that more operations can be carried out as same-day surgery. 


The North Wing has been designed as a zig-zag, with a crosswise central corridor and local “streets” in the clinical areas. This makes it easy and quick to get from A to B without disturbing areas with patients. Rooms are located such that they can be used by different departments, if necessary.

Link Arkitektur A/S (formerly Aarhusarkitekterne A/S) are the full-service consultants and they designed the North Wing with the rest of the team comprising 3XN, Sweco (previously Grontmij), Nickl&Partner from Germany, as well as Arkitekt Kirstine Jensens Tegnestue. NIRAS is the contractor consultant.

The first phase of the North Wing contains ten lifts and eight stairways. These include two eye-catching 31.5-metre-high spiral staircases. The 210 steps in the spiral staircases link the ground floor to the 7th floor. 


The first phase of the North Wing is part of Rigshospitalet's Kvalitetsfondsprojekt (quality fund project), which also includes the carpark, the Patient Hotel and the Administration.

The total Kvalitetsfondsprojekt has a budget of DKK 1.85 billion (EUR 0.25 bn.) (in 2009 figures) and is jointly financed by the state-owned Kvalitetsfond (60%) and the Capital Region of Denmark (40%).

The second phase of the North Wing is primarily being financed by the Capital Region of Denmark and by private foundations.