CEBRA create more home and less institution in Fyn

Danish architecture studio CEBRA has completed a pioneering project for a new type of 24-hour care centre for marginalised children and teenagers in Kerteminde, Denmark.

The Children’s Home of the Future is a 24-hour care centre for marginalised children and teenagers. The recently constructed facility in Kerteminde was designed by CEBRA to provide a safe environment with new pedagogical ideas.

Photography by Mikkel Frost



From the architect:

“Whether you look at children’s drawings or a web browser’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 design for the new children’s home takes the familiar basic shapes of the typical Danish home as its natural starting point: the classic pitched-roof house and the dormer motif. The two elements are used in their most simplified form to create a recognisable exterior appearance and integrate the building into the surrounding residential area. They make up the project’s underlying architectural DNA, which expresses inclusion, diversity and an atmosphere of safety.”

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The goal is for ‘More home, less institution’ which is achieved by warm wooden cladded façade. A basic shape is extruded to create dormitories in one self contained building. Four interconnected houses, one for each age group, create central units that the children can relate to while still aiming for flexible use. The interior design encourages social relations and a sense of community while at the same time accommodating the children’s individual needs. M


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