Work completes on CEBRA-designed Children's Home of the Future, drawing on the traditional pitched-roof house
Construction has now completed on The Children’s Home of the Future, a forward-thinking 24hr care facility in Kerteminde, Denmark designed by CEBRA. The design team - which also included landscape architect PK3 and engineer Søren Jensen - took the traditional symbol for home as their starting point for the new building.
CEBRA explains: "Whether you look at children’s drawings or a web brower’s stylised icon, at all ages we recognise and use the rectangular pitched-roof building with a chimney as a sign for ’home’. It is the visual essence of the functions it contains - both literally and symbolically."
The team coupled this pitched-roof form with the dormer motif and gave it a modern twist, turning the dormer windows upside-down and making them grow into and out of the building volume. The 1,500 sq m complex is arranged as four interconnected houses, each targetted towards a different group of residents.
Connections between the different areas - including the administration facilities on the basement and first floor levels - are kept short to ensure that the staff have optimum time to spend working directly with the children. The central unit is also given primary views over the car park so that staff can clearly see the arriving visitors and deliveries.
Younger children are removed from the street edge and provided with a quiet area with direct access to the playground and views over the garden. In contrast, the teenagers’ wing is orientated towards the street to draw from its energy and to encourage social interaction and engagement.
The primary function of The Children’s Home of the Future is to provide young people with behavioural, social and mental health problems with a safe place to learn and play, preparing them for the next stage of the lives. The centre incorporates areas for reading and watching films, study spaces, craft areas, and common rooms for larger organised events.
Client: Kerteminde Municipality
Landscape Architect: PK3
Engineer: Søren Jensen
Photography: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA