Counceling Center Hejmdal
Gehry Partners, LLP
The design maintains the existing historic house walls and
windows and inserts two floor levels of program above the expanded
lower level of the house. These floors are supported independently
from the existing exterior walls creating an uninterrupted space,
or canyon, allowing natural light from the new glass roof to reach
all levels of the house.
Intended to be a "house without doors" the design offers cancer
patients and their families a comfortable environment during the
treatment process by providing various programs on 3 levels. The
main circulation is by a staircase located in a steel and glass
tower, or an elevator in the brick tower.
A workshop area for painting and small art projects, a gym, a lounge and administrative support functions are located on the garden level with access to the garden and a new amphitheater.
/Henrik Kruse, Director
The completed building goes far beyond our expectations with the atmosphere, in a very natural way, expressing all the resources necessary when fighting a disease like cancer. We waited until the building was completed to give us an idea for a name. Hejmdal, the God of sunlight and protector of human and spiritual values in Nordic Mythology, was a natural choice for Frank Gehry's first Scandinavian building...in perfect harmony with Nordic architecture.
The "Love Chandelier," a large neon lamp measuring two meters in
diameter, was created for the building by Danish artist Erik A.
Frandsen. Energy is transmitted through the glowing neon tubes,
like a living organism, making the lamp shine like a sun in all the
colors of the spectrum.
Erik A. Frandsen "The Real. Unnaturalism" exhibition.
Erik A. Frandsen "The Double Space" exhibition.
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark officially opened the Counceling Center on
September 21, 2009.
Facts about Counceling Center Hejmdal
Gehry Partners, LLP
Frank Gehry / Edwin Chan
Cubo Arkitekter A/S
Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma
The Foundation for the Danish Cancer Society's Patient Support
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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