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Center of Cancer and Health

Center of Cancer and Health is modern architecture that helps recovery

It does not look like a hospital. It does not smell like a hospital. When you enter the building, you are not met by a reception and endless signposting as you would be in an ordinary hospital. The new Center for Kræft & Sundhed has been designed to completely divert attention away from the core issues here - namely people with cancer and their relatives

Healing Architecture

Nord Architects from Copenhagen are the people behind the construction and the work to create healing architecture. To create healing architecture is all about creating a building in which people do not feel ill. The key to this is to build on a human scale and to create a homely atmosphere, says the architects behind the project.

That is why the new centre looks neither like a clinic nor a hospital. From the outside, you will be met by a long row of small, individual houses with façades of shiny aluminium. Inside, the small houses are connected beneath the sculptural roof with walls made of wood, creating a warm and pleasant atmosphere.

The houses stretch like blocks of flats centred on an inner patio: a modern monastery garden with various themes. Here, visitors who count both cancer sufferers, relatives, and those who have recovered, meet for a coffee, to grow vegetables, or just to enjoy a quiet time in the sun.

A Place for the Users

The centre is available for cancer patients in the capital; they can come here for rehabilitation, for counselling, or to meet with others in the kitchen and prepare food together. The kitchen contributes, in line with the café and training facilities, to give its users positive experiences and guidance on achieving a good life following their illness.

The centre has been developed in a collaborative effort between staff and users, focusing on creating a pleasant place to be which does not, in any way, seem stigmatising to visitors. 



Tuesday, January 21, 2014 / By Rasmus Peter Schou Therkildsen

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014