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The Men’s Home

The aim of the project was to improve and renew the physical framework of the Men’s Home to make it support the various types of functions of the house. In addition, focus has been placed on turning it into a dignified environment for its many users which, consequently, will also support the employees in their work, providing the necessary security on a daily basis. Elgaard Architecture has been client consultant on the project which was generously supported by The A.P. Møller Relief Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation, and OAK Foundation Denmark.



Client consultancy: Refurbishment, extension of building and courtyard roof enclosure

Ejendomsfonden Mændenes Hjem

Lead consultant: Albjerg  Buchardt Arkitekter ApS; Eduard Troelsgård (constructions and plumbing), Gert Carstensen A/S, Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma (electrical installations), Einar Kornerup A/S (detail design)

Multi House With 24-Hour Services
The property in Istedgade was built in 1961 for homeless men, who needed a place to stay for the night and left again in the morning. Today, it is a 24-hour open “multi house” with far more activities and therefore also more employees, partly due to the fact that the problems of the users have become more complex gradually. Its social and health care services have long been open to both genders, and since 2017 women have also been welcome to stay at the Men’s Home.

The area of the property has been expanded by one third – for example by adding extra floors which allows for larger rooms, some of which have their own baths, and screened sections for users with special needs. Moreover, the house will have a new and larger health department as well as meeting and administration rooms, and the contact point at the entrance will also be expanded.

“From shelter to a "multi house" that handles the users' often very complex health and social situations.”
The refurbishment has provided larger rooms with private bathroom.
Flexible spaces and a roof garden makes room for peace and various activities.

Photo: Karina Tengberg