The Danish architectural firm JJW Architects has designed a new multifunctional health-care centre in Albertslund, a suburb 15 kilometres west of Copenhagen. The new building is a combined health-care centre, nursing home and department store, and has recently opened its doors to the public.
“Albertslund Health-Care Centre emphasises that urban development and health-care centres can be two sides of the same coin. I believe that densification and multifunctionality with publicly accessible functions available on the ground floor are some of the best tools to revitalise suburban areas,” said Ole Hornbek, partner at JJW Architects.
Comprising a total of more than 24,000 square metres, the health-care centre has offices, rehabilitation facilities, nursing clinics, surgeries for dentists and general practitioners, meeting rooms and classrooms, as well as a café. Being the central point of the building, the health-care centre is designed as a flagship for health and wellness. In addition, the high-rise building comprises 81 nursing apartments, 15 apartments for the elderly and a flagship cooperative department store.
Research shows that access to green spaces has a healing effect on people. Therefore, a hierarchy of green spaces in the form of large roof gardens, semi-public terraces, quiet intimate private green spaces and a public square in front of the health house ensures that plants and flowers are part of the experience of residing at Albertslund Health-Care Centre. Moreover, all residents have visual and physical access to a green space from their homes.
“Our ambition is that the combined housing, health-care and retail project will become a natural and sustainable hub for the entire municipality,” continued Ole Hornbek.
He and his team were responsible for the programing, user involvement, design and also the overall interior design, including the interior design of Café Albertine. Behind the counter in the café are young people from Grennessminde – a company dedicated to helping young people with special needs. Café Albertine is run as a combination of a normal business and a socio-economic project that provides occupation opportunities and helps these young people to land a job.
The Danish architectural firms schmidt hammer lassen architects and Schønherr were also involved in the development of Albertslund Health-Care Centre.