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Therapy Garden Nacadia

Many of us know that a walk through the woods and along the beach works well on our mood and health. We might do not know how it works but all of us can feel it. Some green places are made to investigate how different green spaces can cut the stress level and eventually prevent stress condition, and help to get on track after illness. The places are known as therapy gardens.

In this post I describe a new therapy garden Nacadia that was open in 2011 in Hoersholm, a town north from Copenhagen. I have been in Nacadia in May, with my colleagues that work on the idea to set up a therapy garden in Copenhagen. We all want to see this new green area to get inspired, talk to founders and enjoy the nature. It took us around 30 min by bus to get there but nature surrounding us has changed remarkably. From the dense noisy city we arrived to peaceful fresh smell environment. And I think pictures will speak for it better than words.

Welcome to the green!

Some facts about the place.
Therapy garden Nacadia was designed in the context of research and experience about natural healing. Stress sufferers can take part in a 10-week treatment in the Nacadia to meet an improved quality of life and return to normal life.
The societal direct and indirect costs of the Danish mental health problems cost many billions every year, therefore prevention of the stress is very important. The Nacadia garden can also function as a stress prevention place.

The Nacadia garden was established in the existing arboretum in Hoersholm, where new glass buildings were built and old building was renovated with nice walking terrace around. The place in the unique environment gives great opportunities to shape several rooms with different experiences of nature and natural conditions for many nature based activities. For example there is outdoor fire-place, lake, small river, tree houses, compost station etc.
Inside of the glass houses are different places with nature elements, water and activities that help to relax and feel closer to the nature.
Some pictures around the area.

Inside of the glass buildings.

Here you can sit in silence, listening to the sound of the creek, or digging in the earth, or to meditate by the fire.

Outside on the walking terrace with a splendid view.

Artificial lake that was made in a clearing surrounded by dense trees.

Fire place.

 All in the Nacadia garden made with high quality design and with knowledge of detail.
Personally, I have inspired by special benches that have integrated box with a soil around, so  plants and flowers grow around the seat. It could be a brilliant idea for a city environment as well. 

Nature in the Nacadia garden is very various and gorgeous, and it is possible to experience trees in a different way due to specifically adjoined elements.

I do not know how stressed I was before our visit to the Nacadia garden, but I left the place completely happy:)


The Hill

August 7, 2011 5 comments

The Hill is a name of documentary film from Zimmerfrei, that was shown during Metropolis Biennale.

The movie is about the urban place Korsgade mountain located at Noerrebro district in Copenhagen. The dream and reality of mountains residents intertwined in the movie, people tell stories of their life, dreams and fantasies. As a different puzzle pieces, those stories become into romantic and personal description of the place, as well as different views make the panoramic picture of the mountain.

People share their emotions and feelings about the time the hill was built and how their life has changes because of that. First it was just a usual courtyard for locals with some trees and carpark, but after the hill construction it became multifunctional public space, with a sport hall inside of the hill and open landscape on the top. Now locals have their own mountain pick, that challenge them to use their bodies in a different way. The hill is always open for residents activities, at the winter time is a perfect for a sleigh ride, in the summer it is a place for a peaceful nature experience, or a picnic, or climbing exercises, or even a movie watching. Yeah, the movie about the hill was shown at the hill directly.

Of course I came back to the place next day to see urban life around, and to see how the hill encourage inhabitants in their everyday life.

Well that Saturday the sport hall became a fashion flea market, and it was full of people inside. But when i climbed on the top it was very quietly and undisturbed. The whole world was at my feet.

Thanks to the Italian collective ZimmerFrei for that wonderful and imaginary portrait of the place!

There are also some pictures of the place taken by me. Enjoy!