At ‘Holmegårdsparken’ 120 homes for the care needing elderly are carefully spread out in a park blending in with the surrounding residential area. The concept is to make buildings and park complement each other, offering great variations of lawns, trails, wetlands, varied flower beds and shrub plantings between down scaled clusters of assisted living facilities and common spaces. Disposed with regards to scale, comfort and variety of experiences, the buildings merge into the landscape in an open park structure inviting neighbors in. The surrounding city becomes part of the everyday experiences to the elderly who to a great extend live life within the comfort of the nursing home.
The architecture is inspired by the typical modernist tradition in the area. The architectural concept separates the complex from traditional institutions through both layout and details. Each unit is home. The architecture is simple and unpretentious, focusing on healthy materials and simple construction techniques.
The buildings are wrapped in sturdy bricks. Characteristic bay windows contribute externally to a human, tangible scale thus marking the individual homes. A limited opportunity to interfere with the surrounding world makes the bay window the heart of the home. From here the elderly have a panoramic view to the world outside leading to a sense of belonging. Apart from the architectural separation of the individual home, the staggered patterns of the bay windows also provide covered outdoor areas at ground level.