Diakonissestiftelsen - Masterplan and housing for seniors
Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 - 2018

Mod­ern liv­ing in Di­akoniss­es­tif­telsen

Housing for seniors

The area of the Diakonisestiftelsen at Frederiksberg had the character of an area for institutions and wished to transform into a more diverse living environment built on a common cultural and religious fundament. Vandkunsten was one of two winners of a parallel competition to reactivate the classical buildings on the plot accompanied by new, modern housing. The result was a vision plan of 2020, and the role as technical consultant for the foundation. Together with DEM & Esbensen engineers (consultancy) and Marianne Levinsen landskab, Vandkunsten was responsible for the construction of the first half of a total of 100 units for senior housing in the plan. The targeted segment is above 55 years and are offered a strong, local community – played out in shared facilities such as a mixed-use hall, cafées, apple groves and laundries.

The private and the common

In order to distinguish between guests and residents, and create an area where the private sphere was respected, gradients between the private, semi private and the common in the outdoor spaces was emphasized.

Informal community

The community in each housing unit is informal and based in generous spaces connected to entrance areas and staircases. This allows and encourages the residents to maintain contact with their neighbours, contributing to a feeling of safety and social coherence.

The development comprise different housing typologies.

Technical facilities and wellfare technology means that the development can comprise a varied group of senior resident, from "elderly" to "old", understood at a scale for care demand,<br />

A development of dwelling clusters and singular blocks of 3-4 floors

The flat roofs of the development can be used for recreational activities, furnished with raised green beds and green houses, integrated with the architecture. The roof terraces are shared and is a place for the residents to grow social bonds and community, which can be participated in to the degree each resident wishes for. The areas are withdrawn from the roof edges, so that from a street level the green is experienced, and not so much the residents - providing the residents privacy.

Project facts


Project name: Diakonissestiftelsen - Masterplan and housing for seniors

Category:Co-Housing, Housing, Planning, Wood

Client: Diakonissestiftelsen

Location: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gross area: ca. 57.000

Date: 2012 - 2018

Status: Finished

Number of units: 50+ housing for seniors in phase 1


Program: Masterplan + 72 care units, 110 senior housing units, shared housing, guest accomodation, student housing, educational facilities, care and healt institution.

Activity: New built

Job type: On of two winners of a parallel competition

Contact: Kristian Martinsen, km@vandkunst.dk

Project group: Jan Albrechtsen, Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Gilles Charrier, Kristian Martinsen, Morten Dam Feddersen, Jens Kristian Seier


Architect: Vandkunsten

Landscape: Vandkunsten, Marianne Levinsen Landskab

Engineer: HaCaFrø, DEM & Esbensen, Sloth-Møller

Contractor: BM Byggeindustri