Marthagården Day Care Centre competition winner / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter + LETH & GORI

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A team consisting of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Leth & Gori Architects, Marianne Levinsen Landscape with Henrik Larsen and Jørgen Nielsen engineers have won the competition for Marthagården day care centre in Frederiksberg, .

The project includes the renovation and transformation of two existing buildings and an extension facilitating groups of children and workshops. Furthermore the project offers a remodeling of the exterior landscape and playground. More information and complete architect’s description after the break.

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Today Marthagården has a special atmosphere and identity, being a small scale day care centre in a protected environment characterized by two listed urban villas in a luscious garden. This identity, or “Marthagården-ness”, is preserved and strengthened in the new project in a variety of ways. The new building does not extend on the structures of the existing villas, but instead makes the connection underground, preserving the identity of the freestanding villas. New unique indoor and outdoor spaces for the day care centre are created by making levels between landscape and building accessible – for example a sunken courtyard and a roof playscape. This way the project introduces a series of new worlds to Marthagården with individual atmospheres and potentials that supplement the existing qualities of the site.

The new Marthagården is a day care centre with an enormous diversity of spaces for play- ing, learning and relaxing that support the physical and educational development of the children. To feel at home, the new project creates recognizable safe environments for the children, rich in character and identity. Marthagården will be a day care centre that integrates ar- chitecture, design, nature and technology with thought to the individual child – an inclusive community with a place for everyone.


Team: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter (full-service consultant), Leth & Gori Architects, Marianne Levinsen Landskab, Henrik Larsen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma and Jørgen Nielsen Rådgivende Ingeniører
Location: Peter Bangsvej 10-12, 2000 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: Frederiksberg Ejendomme og Diakonissestiftelsen
Completion: Expected summer 2013
Size: Existing buildings approximately 750m2 and a new building approximately 350m2. All in all 1100 m2
Images: Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Marthagården Day Care Centre competition winner / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter + LETH & GORI" 18 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>