Krebsestien - nursing homes. C.F. Møller

Krebsestien - nursing homes

The nursing home centre Krebsebo in Gjesing will not only have 100 new homes for the elderly – it will also be the hub of a mini-town, called the Senior Town, connecting the nursing home centre with the rest of Gjesing and creating life for the elderly residents.
 Krebsestien - nursing homes. C.F. Møller


Esbjerg Municipality


Esbjerg, Denmark


11,524 m², 100 homes


2017, Competition

Client consultant



Oluf Jørgensen A/S Rådgivende ingeniørfirma


C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Lena Baungaard, Henning Lindberg,

The project's major focus is to create a place that does not seem like an institution, but rather a home. The home-like atmosphere can be created by maintaining elements of the everyday routines that residents are accustomed to in their lives. The Senior Town gives the elderly the opportunity to “go to town” to run their daily errands, just as they have done all their lives.

The Senior Town consists of two housing clusters in the form of the nursing home centre and an elderly-friendly residential complex. Between this is space in which the Senior Town’s everyday life can take place.

The nursing home centre comprises four buildings, of which three include homes for the elderly and recreational areas. The fourth building, the Culture House, has public functions such as a café and nursing clinic. In the middle, there is an inner courtyard garden that encloses an open, yet clearly delimited, environment that is safe and secure for residents with dementia.

Combining the public functions in the Culture House means that it can be used by the entire quarter, giving it the character of a community centre. Separating the homes from the practical functions also ensures that the homes for the elderly have a home-like atmosphere.

Nature's therapeutic and healing effect is utilised in the nursing home centre’s internal courtyard garden, where there is a cultivated garden, and the outlying forest clearings with their nature-integrated activities. This creates an attractive setting for the Senior Town’s residents, as well as for children and adults from the local community.

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