The new forensic building at the Inn-Salzach Clinic in Gabersee was consecrated on 15 June 2015. Speakers at the ceremony included Dr Theodor Danzl, director, Prof. Dr Peter Zwanzger, medical director, Josef Mederer, president of the district council, Dr Stefan Gerl, forensic psychiatry director, and Prof. Hans Nickl.
The focus of master plan implementation for the forensic psychiatry department at the Gabersee district hospital was to find a balance between high security requirements and the quality of patients’ lives.
The new construction and conversion of four buildings in the listed facility were carried out in four phases. Maximum security was enforced at all times, in every area. The existing building ensemble is characterised by brick façades. Building 27 fits in, thanks to a building volume with the same architectural vocabulary and the extended clinker wall in front of the forensic area. There is an ecological landscape plan for the clinic site. It emphasises the quality of the ensemble’s physical dispersal. The landscape and buildings interlock, using the intervening spaces.
The L-shaped building forms result from internal functional procedures and ensure the maximum security level described above. Two separate gardens for both wards prevent uncontrolled exchange of individuals between the wards.
Each of the wards is divided into a night area (patient rooms), day area (patient common room), and a functional area (care and treatment). The nurses’ station at the angle apex forms the core of the building and entrance to each ward. The sports area that is integrated into the secured forensic area can be accessed through a fenced-in path alongside building 31. This provides a leisure option for patients under more rigorous forensic psychiatric care, who are not permitted to leave the secured grounds.
KBO Inn-Salzach-Klinikum Gemeinnützige GmbH
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