Nursing Home Selfoss

Senior living close to nature

Care Home Selfoss in Iceland is a place where seniors live safely in close connection with the surrounding nature and in social groups adjusted to individual needs or preferences. People are encouraged to participate in activities like gardening, arts and crafts, games, walks and continue some of the most inspiring everyday activities.

The building is placed to the north of Selfoss providing great views over the landscape and following the directions of the hills and the river. Organized as two dwelling units the inside spaces are easy to navigate and infused with light that varies throughout the days and years.

Inner gardens bring air, light and the weather even closer and makes the nature more accessible and part of the experience at the nursing home. The materials on the exterior and especially in the private rooms, reflect the Icelandic site and create scenic views that blend in with the landscape.

Closeness to nature is a therapeutic way to recover from pain or confusion and a way to stay related to the place where you have lived you whole life. The spaces and functions are varied – going from quiet privacy to social activities, so people have opportunities to choose according to individual needs and moods.

  • Location:

    Selfoss, Iceland

  • Client:

    Arborg Municipality, Ministry of Welfare

  • Year:


  • Typology:

    Nursing home

  • Construction costs:

    72.5 mill DKK

  • Size:

    3.250 m2

  • Collaborators:


  • Status:

    Competition proposal with honorable mention