Sunhouse / Christensen & Co. architects

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Architect: Christensen & Co. architects
Location:  Hørsholm,
Contractor: Helllerup Byg
Engineer: Ramboll DK
Project Area: 1300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Mørk

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The nursery is built on ‘Active House’ principles and is yet another example of how considered architectural design and integrated energy technologies is the recipe for sustainable architecture. Due to the geometry, position of windows and a range of state of the art green technologies, this will be the first nursery in the world that actually produces energy. The building is very compact and is designed as a triangle, with the two longest facades facing south east and south west. The windows along these facades, combined with the roof lights, allow more than three times as much light to enter as in a standard building, ensuring a healthy indoor climate at all times, – summer and winter.

energy concept

The outdoor areas are planted to represent the various landscapes of Denmark, including a woodland area and a sandy zone to symbolize the coastline. It has also been designed to educate its young users about protecting the environment; on site greenhouses where staff and children can grow plants will allow the children to monitor the centre’s performance.

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The design team has, throughout the design process, used sophisticated software to evaluate the design of the building. These virtual tests have resulted in subsequent improvement of the energy performance, indoor air quality and daylight levels.

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Cite: "Sunhouse / Christensen & Co. architects" 23 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Cristian


  • pringle

    yeah solar optimized roof with integrated windows and solar panels. There is a lot of potential in this. More of this please architects! Nord did something similar in a health center in Copenhagen but forgot the solar panels. I did it for my masters project first though in 2009. building envy:(

  • Khaled Kashawy

    A very environment friendly, integrated and resource efficient structure using the ‘Green Building’ design strategy. The use of the glass panels on the roof at such angles to provide an energy efficient structure, and solar power as an alternative, as well as allow maximum light to enter. Also the planted roof contributes to the sustainability development of the building.