Care homes in Helsingborg

Care homes in Helsingborg

The need for care homes adapted for people with dementia is growing in society. We are transforming care places that were originally built with somatic problems in mind into more dementia-friendly places. Our aim is for the physical environment to create the conditions for a better quality of life. 

The City of Helsingborg is working actively and innovatively to create a dementia-friendly environment for its residents, both in the public urban environment and in the city's nursing homes. FOJAB has been commissioned to redesign somatic spaces in a large part of the city's nursing homes to make them more suitable for residents with dementia, as the need for such spaces has increased. We are working on both the indoor and outdoor environments and the interaction between them.

In care homes, our work is about creating a physical environment that can support and facilitate orientation, independence and well-being. We ensure a safe and stimulating environment that is easily recognizable, so that residents feel free to move both indoors and out into the garden.

In the gardens, we work to create easily accessible orientation and elements that strengthen and stimulate the senses based on the concept of the Garden of the Senses. We do this with plants that smell and bloom throughout the summer, fruit and berries that can be tasted and sparkling water that you can listen to.

Indoors, we use color and light to guide people to the right place at the right time. We create a calm environment without overstimulation and avoid misleading reflections and patterns that can be intimidating and misinterpreted by people with cognitive impairment.

We work with the concept of a person-centered environment that focuses on people's capabilities, removing barriers, increasing quality of life, protecting privacy and supporting independence. We start from the question "what are your needs?" and keywords such as safety, homeliness, memory stimulation, recognition and a sense of freedom.



In a central location on Pottholmen, the new entrance to Karlskrona, a city block will be developed consisting of housing, nursing homes and mobility houses. We won the land allocation competition with a proposal that is multifaceted in both content and expression.

The Tower District with its housing, restaurants and outdoor seating, will be an eye-catcher and an inviting meeting point for both neighborhood community and city life. A new landmark in the city. We have placed great emphasis on place-making, conditions for public life and both quiet and lively meeting places.

Garden houses is a nursing home that combines forward-looking social care solutions with green and urban architecture. The buildings meet the city with soft gestures: a warm wooden façade and a small green square facing south. But the interior of the block and the roofscape are also green. The outdoor environment is designed to meet the needs of the residents and at the same time inspire movement and spending time in nature. The environment stimulates all the senses, arouses curiosity and inspires a sense of home.

When designing the nursing home, we focus a lot on visibility, light and orientation, which creates the conditions for putting the resident at the center while facilitating the work of the staff.

The port warehouse is a social mobility house that, with its red facade and arcade, connects to Karlskrona's oldest tradition, but accommodates a new program and new experiences. The façade provides a warm and sustainable expression with an exclamation mark: a public sauna where sweating Karlskrona residents can look out over the trains rolling in and out of the city. Along the façade of the mobility building facing the public transport square is an arcade with generous business premises. The arcade creates a rain-protected urban space that contributes to a flattened urban character.

The falu-red wooden facade lets the daylight in between the slats and feels so airy that you can look out from the parking level and orient yourself in the city. In the street spaces outside, the sparse wooden facade also creates an exciting play of light. On the roof, a large-scale pergola with solar panels spreads out. Energy from the solar panels is stored in battery rooms in the building and used locally to minimize the amount of purchased electricity. Areas that are not solar panels become green biotope roofs that retain stormwater.

The rumour mill

The rumour mill

Ryktborsten is our idea of high quality living in harmony with the green surroundings - a flexible living environment where people want to and can live for life.

For many older people, moving is a big step and leaving the area where they feel at home can be particularly difficult. There is therefore a need to plan for housing suitable for an ageing population in all urban areas.

In Ryktborsten, we test a new way of thinking about flexible housing. It is not only aimed at the elderly, but also at families with children, for example. It is possible to vary the size of your home over time, so you can stay in the same neighborhood even when your life conditions and circumstances change.

There are common outdoor environments and areas for cultivation and movement. Environments that encourage interaction and activities between children and the elderly in the form of, for example, a storytelling area created in the garden. The wooden buildings lead into a common courtyard that becomes a natural meeting place.

The document

The document

The block is located at the crossroads between the dense inner city block structure and the sparse institutional and residential buildings, which has characterized the design of the block. The building consists of five buildings, each with its own identity, to reflect the context of an urban structure that has developed over a long period of time. The corner in the southwest is accentuated with both the height of the building and the public entrance and activities on the ground floors, while the eastern building body stands with its gable towards Brunnsgatan and extends into the park.

The buildings consist of simple, buildable volumes of 3-6 floors based on the neat brick architecture of the area. Each building volume will have its own individual design with brick color and joint, roof shape, balcony and window design to counteract repetition and instead achieve clarity and a site-specific variation. The separate building bodies provide good opportunities for a phased implementation.

All apartments have balconies or generous terraces in good directions, clearly separated from the public space. The apartments are compact without sacrificing well-proportioned rooms, good lighting conditions and functional dimensions. Throughout the project there is a variation in both apartment sizes and variants of a particular apartment type. The advantages of repetition in the production phase are weighed against the individual wishes of the tenant.

In addition to apartment buildings, the block contains a nursing and care home integrated into one of the residential buildings, premises for LKF and a meeting point for seniors in the corner of the ground floor facing the city.