A Children's and Families' Home in Nuuk: Ilagisakka

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Sara Stounberg Østergaard
  • Lene Nielsen
  • Mette Norden Simonsen
4. term, Architecture, Master (Master Programme)
This thesis describes the development of the children’s and families’ home, Ilagisakka. The building is placed in the suburb Qernertunnguit in Nuuk in Greenland, and arose from the need of the municipality to house neglected infants and vulnerable families. The program is developed to house two families with one child and one parent, two families with two parents and two children as well as 12 children from 0-18 years.
The name of the house means ‘My Family’, and summarizes the intention of the house; it focuses on the
individual, the family and the big-
family and the synergic effect several
generations living together can create. The division of the different
communities gives every individual the option to choose which community to join at any time. In that way, the house can accommodate a wide range of neglected children and vulnerable families.

The house is developed through an integrated design process with focus on sustainable architecture. Every design decision has been evaluated
from architectural and technical
perspectives mainly in terms of form, placement on site, construction, sunlight and indoor climate.
Publication date18 May 2017
Number of pages196
ID: 257739503