We are very proud to be named the Health Building of the Year 2019. Kinnarps has helped to create a living environment that showcases the absolute absence of an institutional touch, says Audun Wigdel, General Manager of Kolbotn care homes.
The interior is warm, friendly and homely, while still being modern. There is very little about the building that appears institution-like, whether you see it from the outside or from the inside. The jury in "Health Building of the Year 2019" emphasised the untraditional corridor design and the thoughtful use of materials, that give the project a homely feel and good living areas. Moreover, Thomas Sjøvold, Mayor of Oppegård, commends the project: "This is a very special building, in which every detail has been specially designed with the users in mind."
"The experience of being able to share in the commitment and enthusiasm of the project was very special for Kinnarps, and incredibly important to us. During a period of much uncertainty, and postponements around the completion and acquisition of a new building, Kinnarps also showed a high degree of flexibility and service. We are incredibly pleased with the result, and we are really looking forward to moving in!"
"Kinnarps has been a professional, committed and responsive partner", says Audun Wigdel.
"We wanted a stylish interior with a Nordic design while, at the same time, we wanted it to feel homely to residents and users. The common areas and meeting places were important: The furniture in these areas were to have no institutional touches by giving off an impression of being old fashioned. We wanted a modern design and quality, and furniture that was practical, especially in terms of general cleaning, as well as special cleaning in the case of mishaps."
The building itself is designed as a passive house with a wooden facade and solid wood support system. The municipality was concerned about the entire project being sustainable. The architecture is modern and Nordic, and inspired by cabins and pavilions. The principles of the concept of "micro-urbanism" are consistent both inside and out. It was a requirement that the interior had to reflect the style of the building.
"We have received a healthcare building with the absolute absence of institutional touches, together with modern, colourful and "homely" furniture that very much harmonises with the identity of the building", says Audun Wigdel.
Warm woodwork and fresh colours are consistent throughout the interior. Tones of yellow, green, blue and red, combined with earth tones. There are many zones and meeting places that stimulate the senses, and nothing is white and sterile. There are different colours or woodwork on the walls, photo art in the walking areas, corridors with interesting nooks and angles, and decorative glass walls with forest patterns.
The new healthcare building consists of 72 care homes with associated service features, a day activity centre and a home care services base. Kinnarps has been responsible for the interior of all common rooms and offices.