Every day is a perfect day to play, dance, and learn at Henning Larsen's beautiful turf-roofed Bernts Have day care center in Denmark. Its tall windows usher in tons of light while a special climate zone allows children to play outside without gloves on despite frigid winters. An integrated energy project that keeps energy consumption to the barest minimum, this 1,350 square meter day care center is wedged discreetly into the side of a hill and even features a small herb and vegetable garden for the children.
Decidedly minimalist, Henning Larsen chose glass and wood for the Bernts Have day care center commissioned by the municipality of Holbæk. The tall glass windows invite light deep into the building and are double glazed to minimize heat radiation. Tucked into the side of the hill, the green roof keeps the center both warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The climate zones that control temperatures to ensure children can play year round are naturally ventilated, while playrooms and offices have recovery ventilation that help with the building’s overall energy efficiency. Showing the firm’s signature sensitivity to the needs of its clients, including patients at the Herlev hospital, Henning Larsen has incorporated a little garden surrounded by green spaces and fruit trees to facilitate learning in a natural environment. Unlike fluorescent-lit alternatives, this day care center gets small children thinking green from the start.