Located in one of the most distinguished locations in Copenhagen, the second prize winning proposal for the Sølund Retirement Community by Henning Larsen Architects is designed as one large, continuous building block. Their design engages in close dialogue with the surrounding buildings and creates simple, easily accessible spatialities – both on the inside and on the outside. Also including a new daycare center, the project incorporates the qualities of the residents’ previous homes in a new retirement community based on worthiness and well-being, safety and social relations. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The location for the project is situated in the vibrant urban space between the Copenhagen Lakes to the one side and the dynamic city street of Ryesgade to the other. Uninstitutional dwellings, attractive, bright spaces and terraces in luxuriant, green outdoor spaces are key objectives. An elderly home is a home. The residents live there 365 days a year and many residents are not able to get around much. This calls for homely spaces and meaningful activities.
The garden spaces provide the opportunity for simple activities that do now require preparation. Thus, the recreational environment is continued in the outdoor space, which does not pose any requirements on the users. Some residents walk a lot and need a reason to stop and explore; others are not able to walk very far and need inspiration even on a short stroll. Thus, the proposal introduces a varied selection of outdoor spaces, both in direct connection to the building and in the garden – a wide range of recreational areas as well as large and small terraces with varied degrees of sun and shade, views and sensuous stimuli.
Sølund offers room for the individual, while at the same time offering a variety of activities that stimulate body and soul and help the residents to maintain and perhaps regain skills. Sølund offers a worthy transition from being self-reliant to gradually becoming more in need of care.
Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Ryesgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
Collaborators: BBP Architects and architects Ole and Jytte Andersen
Team at Henning Larsen Architects: Lars Steffensen (responsible partner), Martin Stenberg (lead design architect), Mikkel Eskildsen, Rafel Crespo, Chenqi Jia, Charlotte Søderhamn Nielsen, Peter Dahlsgaard Nielsen, Christian Schjøll, Grace Xu, Martin Vraa Nielsen, Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Lærke Bjerre
Landscape Architect: Schul Landscape Architects
Engineers: Henrik Larsen Consulting Engineers and Hundsbæk og Henriksen Consulting Engineers
Type of Assignment: Finalist in invited, international competition
Gross Floor Area: 38,500 m2