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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

THE CHILDREN’S HOME OF THE FUTURE in Kerteminde, Denmark by CEBRA

 
December 2nd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CEBRA

Danish architecture studio CEBRA has completed a pioneering project for a new type of 24-hour care centre for marginalized children and teenagers in Kerteminde, Denmark. The tile and wood cladded building plays with familiar elements and shapes to create a homely environment in a modern building that focuses on the residents’ special needs. The Children’s Home of the Future combines the traditional home’s safe environment with new pedagogical ideas and conceptions of what a modern children’s home is and which needs it should fulfil.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

  • Architects: CEBRA
  • Project: OUR HOUSE – THE CHILDREN’S HOME OF THE FUTURE
  • Location: StrandgårdsAlle, Kerteminde, Denmark
  • Photography: Mikkel Frost
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, VRay for Rhinoceros, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Client: Kerteminde Municipality
  • Landscape architect: PK3
  • Engineer: Søren Jensen
  • Awards: Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van derRohe Award 2015
  • Year: 2012 – 2014
  • Status: Completed

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

The vision for the new institution is to establish a care centre that encourages social relations and a sense of community while at the same time accommodating the children’s individual needs – a place that they are proud to call their home and prepares them for their future path in life in the best possible way. The physical surroundings reflect a practice-oriented pedagogic approach so that the architecture actively supports the staff’s daily work with children, who struggle with behavioural, social and mental health problems.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

A place like home

Whether you look at children’s drawings or a web browser’s stylised icon, at all ages we recognise and use the rectangular pitched-roof building with a chimney as a sign for “home”. It is the visual essence of the functions it contains – both literally and symbolically. The design for the new children’s home takes the familiar basic shapes of the typical Danish home as its natural starting point: the classic pitched-roof house and the dormer motif. The two elements are used in their most simplified form to create a recognisable exterior appearance and integrate the building into the surrounding residential area. They make up the project’s underlying architectural DNA, which expresses inclusion, diversity and an atmosphere of safety.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

By combining and applying the basic elements in a new and playful way the care centre is highlighted as an extraordinary place with its own identity.The basic geometric shape is modified by the distinctive dormer profiles, which grow into and out of the building volume, are turned upside down and even rise up to form a view point. The concept adds spatial variation and functional flexibility to the interior organisation. The dormers give the residents the opportunity to set their own mark on the building by involving them in the arrangement, décor and use of these “bonus spaces” according to varying needs and changing activities. The varying sizes and orientations allow for a wide range of applications such as reading and movie corners, a study for homework, areas for painting and crafting, common rooms for festive events etc.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

More home, less institution

The overall organisation consists of four interconnected houses. The elongated wings of the traditional institutional building are split up and contracted to form a compact building with offset volumes. Thereby, the building scale is reduced and self-contained, varied units are created for the different groups of residents. Each age group has its own house in connection with a central unit for flexible use. The layout aims at providing the residents with a sense of belonging to their unit – a homely base where they can retreat alone or in smaller groups.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

The smaller children’s units are retracted from the street and oriented towards the garden with direct access to the playground. The central unit contains the main entrance in connection with the parking lot, which gives the staff an overview of arriving visitors and deliveries without affecting the housing units. The teenagers’ unit is the most extrovert section of the building and is oriented towards the street. The older residents are encouraged to use the city and engage in social activities on equal terms with their peers.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Typical institutional functions such as administration, staff rooms and storage are mostly located in the basement and on the 1st floor so that they get “lifted” out of the resident’s everyday life and minimise the feeling of being in an institution. The building’s rational organization ensures short distances and proximity between the different units so that the personnel always are close to every resident. Thus, the personnel’s working procedures are incorporated effectively in the daily routines, thereby freeing more time for taking care of and spending time with the children – more home, less institution.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

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Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

Image Courtesy © CEBRA

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