Status: Competition (2009)
Scale: 1.800 ㎡ Medium
Types: Civic center, Institutional
”Villa Vita” is a counselling facility for cancer patients, where they can receive advice and support, therapy and exercise, and participate in groups and courses. The centre is operated by the Municipality of Copenhagen and The Danish Cancer Society.
The centre is designed to appear as a distinct and coherent building, recognizable from all sides of the site, and thus supporting the facility’s brand as a unique service. The building is informal and welcoming: To avoid an institutional feel, and ensure the necessary sense of secureness for patients and staff, the interior layout is broken down into smaller units linked by central social spaces.
A foyer and common area forms the centrepiece, designed with niches and social areas, to make it a welcoming and lively space with enough room for social gatherings. All the primary functions can be accessed from this space, which is lit by a semi-transparent wall and opens up to an interior landscaped courtyard.
The various departments of the centre are distinctly demarcated, enabling professional concentration in each one, whereas small counselling rooms and larger activity spaces are freely distributed within the centre to create an open and fluid sequence of spaces through the entire building.