Care institutions at Bank Mikkelsens Vej
2015 - 2017

Dig­ni­fied life with a vil­lage feel

The good life in a new village

As far possible from an institutional feel, this socially inclusive and safe village-like complex will be the new physical frame for residents of a number of heavy care institutions and nursing homes gathered in Gentofte.

New facilities for heavy care institutions and nursing homes are designed as a socially inclusive and safe village and based on a strong value-based program.

The village suits the context of single-family houses and rids the institution of an institutionalized feel while it offers new homely and dignified surroundings for residents and staff.

The masterplan for the area includes existing structures and allows construction in stages. New one-storey buildings with direct outdoor access will be crucial for the high-quality everyday life that does not feel ‘institutionalized’ despite the organization of the heavy care units.

Inspired by the typology of a villa

The individual housing units are designed with inspiration from architectural motifs of the villa such as loggia, library, dining room, niche, terrace, conservatory, and garden.

Each housing unit is split into three buildings

Functionally they are one structure but they appear as independent volumes.

The garden is green and recreational

Existing living units already have outdoor qualities. These will be enhanced and expanded as each of the future units will have direct access to a series of intimate outdoor spaces such as enclosed courtyards and covered pergolas.


Residents will be able to enjoy gardening activities in planter boxes and greenhouses.

Project facts


Project name: Care institutions at Bank Mikkelsens Vej

Category:Culture & Institutions, Housing, Planning

Client: Gentofte Munincipality

Location: Gentofte

Gross area: 25.000

Date: 2015 - 2017

Status: Under construction

Number of units: 120 care units, 2 day/24hr children institutions

Cost of construction: DKK ca. 220. mio.


Program: Nursing homes, non-profit homes, day care

Activity: Advisor incl Architecture, landscape, user process

Job type: 1st prize in competition

Contact: Jan Albrechtsen,

Project group: Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Michael Delin, Stine Christiansen, Kristian Martinsen, Susanne Schelde, Camilla Stilling, Pi Dehli Kolbye, Signe Lynge Nielsen, Martin Andersson, Thomas Nybo Rasmussen, Camilla Libonati, Kirstine Fagerlund Hvidegaard

Employees: Morten Dam Feddersen, Bjørn Krogh Andersen, Ingibjörg Benediktsdóttir, Lea Olsson


Architect: Vandkunsten Architects

Landscape: Vandkunsten Architects (Stine Poulsen (PK3) in competion)

Engineer: Wissenberg