Dato 14.07.21 |
Rikke Friis

Photo: Lars Gundersen

For more than 30 years, Danner has been providing counselling and temporary housing for abused women and their children. The building encourages people to get to know each other, and the residents of Danner describe the architecture as healing, a place that gives them a sense of affinity.

The listed house from 1873 was restored in 2012, so it continues to be a contemporary, healing setting for residents and users. The residents are particularly fond of the therapy garden, because it paves the way for informal conversations, which many of the women really appreciate.

The building was constructed as an institution by Countess Danner in 1873-75.  As part of the refurbishment, the priority was to maintain the homely ambience and to avoid any institutional feeling. Most of the conversion took place on the two floors with the fewest heritage values. New building elements were added with a modern idiom, yet constructed in classic materials. A therapy garden was introduced, breaking the symmetry of the building and adding a breath of fresh air.   

In 2020, the women lived in Danner for an average of 115 days. About 50% of the women who arrived at Danner in 2020 were in employment or training, while 50% were unemployed. After living at Danner, as many as 75% of the women found work or began studying. Many of the women also resume relationships with family and friends, which also helps change their lives.  

“It can be healing to see something growing that you watered.” Mette Helena Rasmussen, former resident of Danner

Photo of therapy room