As part of a master plan, Landsbyen Sølund, in thecity of Skanderborg, a village institution for developmentally challenged, has expanded and a new activity house has been built. The activity house is developed as a "snoezelhouse", which means a house that stimulates the residents though their senses. The users of the house are adults with disabilities, leaving them at developmental stages between 3 months and 3 years.
The location of the sensing house is decided by five beautiful existing trees on the site. Trees which have been kept and have now become landmarks for the entrance to the house. The main design thought is figuratively speaking "cutting the turf". Creating a sliver in the sloped site and locating the building. The building has a great signal value, since form and function of the house is greatly different from existing building corpuses in the village institution.The roof is clad with grass. Based on the thought that what we borrow from nature, we return.
The roof absorbs some rainwater while also having an insulating value.
In short, the house consists of a number of sensing rooms where residents work with hearing, tough, sight, smell and taste senses. The entrance is placed in the narrow part of the building, where the reception area and other service facilities are also located. The eight different sensing rooms are situated along the central corridor which leads through the house. The building gradually opens up, ending at an open façade and a cafe. From this point there is access into a large sensing garden, which carries on the building form and function.The roof is clad with grass. Based on the thought that what we borrow from nature, we return. The roof absorbs some rainwater while also having an insulating value.