With its 2000 m2 and 4 floors, the aim of the new Youth Emergency Center is to help 50-85 young people out of homelessness each year. By giving the young homeless people a break from the streets, a bed to sleep in, a possibility to be part of a constructive community, and offering them supportive guidance as well as roles and jobs, Hellebro helps its users move on to a brighter future.
”Youth homelessness is increasing in Denmark, and we want to help find a solution to this problem. As architects we bring our knowledge and experience from many types of buildings – from student housing to workplaces – to the table when trying to create a safe and functional base for the homeless young people and the volunteers who run Hellebro,” Partner and Architect behind the transformation, Peer T. Jeppesen, explains.
“Our aim is to make all our buildings welcoming and valuable to the users and the city or district they become part of. Architect designed building should be for the benefit for various circles in society. A project like this emphasizes that approach,” he elaborates.
The ground level is open to anyone offering workshops, a kitchen and a common living and dining room. The living room has access to a large terrace and a lush garden, which is part of the day center’s activities for young people. The first floor accommodates a workspace for entrepreneurs and freelancers. On the second floor, 32 hostelry rooms offer the young homeless people between 18 and 29 years a safe place to stay. And finally, will the third floor include individual apartments.