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WE Architecture unveils its competition entry for Trygfondens Familyhouse for Denmark

Denmark - Jun 19, 2017 - 18:22   4027 views

WE ArchitectureSkala Arkitekter and BOGL Landscape have unveiled their competition entry for a new family house in Hammel, Denmark. Called "Tryghedsfondens familyhouse", the project was developed as a house designed for families whose children suffer from brain damage and are hospitalized at Hammel Neurocenter.

The family house is designed for people going through very difficult periods in their lives. A child's accident affects the entire family, and the family house must therefore meet a wide range of needs. 

"It is our vision to create a beautiful and peaceful house where aesthetics and healing architecture meet – a haven for distressed families who find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position. The development of the project has therefore valued the individual needs of the families and has resulted in 3 concepts consistent with the development of the project: Home, Community and Privacy," said WE Architecture.

The house consists of a series of small houses combined with an internal passage that encloses a courtyard. The family house offers both private living spaces and communal areas such as a kitchen and living rooms. Nature contributes on a large scale to the concept of healing architecture and plays an extensive role in the design of the house. Nature is embraced through the surrounding landscape and the interior courtyard. 

The courtyard offers spaces designed to host both playful and more secluded outdoor areas. The passage connecting the houses creates seating spaces and niches, inviting people to meet each other on various formal and informal levels. The passage extends in selected places to create the common kitchen and living rooms.

"The architecture encourages the community feeling by creating informal living areas, which can be used by several families at once or a single family. There is a combination of more well-defined common spaces and recreational areas to make possible spontaneous meetings between people," added the studio.

"Common areas help support the atmosphere created in the encounter and interaction between the volunteers, staff and families. Here, families can come across each other and share their experiences."

The community feeling offered in the house is an option and not an obligation. The house can host families across a range of social, cultural and age differences. Individual families can have a comfortable stay, not necessarily having to be a part of the community. 

The team has created a house where each apartment has its own entrance, terrace and lounges. Small houses that close in on themselves create a private housing development, the "cave". The family house offers, apart from communal areas, the possibility to retreat to a private space that meets the needs of every individual.  

Site plan



Elevation North and South

Elevation West and East

Project facts

Name of the project: Trygfondens Familiehus

Assignment: Family house

Type: Healthcare, Family house in connection to Rigionshospitalet Hammel Neurocenter

Client: Trygfonden      

Size: 800 m2   

Location and area: Hammel, Denmark         

Status: Competition                

Budget: 17 million DKK                      

Architects: WE-Architecture, Skala Arkitekter,         

Engineers: Drias Rådgivende Ingeniører       

Landscape architect: Bogl  

Contractor: Poul Pedersen A/S           

Consultant: Hjerne & Sundhed, Neuropædagogisk Konsulent          

Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Thea Sofie Gasseholm, Corrado Galasso, Camille Madinier, Alex Pavel, Cristina Batista Flores, Eleonora Giovannardi, Alicja Szczesniak 

Contact person: Thea Sofie Gasseholm    

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