23 May 2013

Feast your eyes

Yesterday it rained non-stop, and the day before that was pretty much the same. Rain means the camera can’t play, and that makes it a little less fun to breathe. The plan was to photograph the beautiful green spot, the mini forest surrounding the retirement home Sølund, down my block. Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore, and shot the whole thing crouching under an umbrella. This place. It is fenced off somewhat, to keep the tenants from getting lost as some of them suffer from dementia. But of course there is a way in. There always is.

Sølund i regndråber

Tiny Sølund reflected and multiplied in raindrops, if you look closely...

Sølund mosaik

The apartments all have a funny angle, designed to offer everyone a lakeview. So clever.

Plejehjemmet Sølund

Funny thing is, after all these years as my next door neighbor, it is only now I notice the cool play with colors, in the windows. Yum. But I came for the trees, wild, ancient, rare and diverse. Posing for me in their brand new spring green coats.

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Endangered tree

Even if this garden is reserved for the elderly, it still soothes our entire neighborhood. And, the trees, bushes and plants cleans the air, polluted by the heavy traffic across the lakes. Watching the trees through the cycles of life, budding, blooming, shedding, balding and budding all over again, is part of what makes a city livable. Part of what makes life livable, really.

Parkeringskælder Sølund

The parking is neatly tucked away underground, it is almost like the cars are sucked in by a leafy catarpillar. And the cherry trees are shedding, covering the floor in a creamy blanket.

Cherry leaf blanket

Mad romance...

Sneglepar

...even for snails.

Lakeview apartments, 390 of them

(fogging up)

Feast your eyes on all this beauty, before I rip your hearts out. Try not to think about what comes next...


10 comments:

  1. Så smukke billeder, Sandra. Besværet værd ;-)

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    1. Årh, tusinde tak Morten. Det var faktisk en ren optur. :-)

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  2. Thanks for this little piece of happy joy.In Australia,we increasingly see nursing homes as a 'business' .One last chance to have easy access to their bank accounts. I'm glad,that in Copenhagen at least,you treat your old folks with the dignity they deserve.

    Please don't tear my heart out too much!

    tak

    Ian
    Melbourne

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    1. You are so welcome, Ian. It is a little piece of happy joy, and I wish your heart was not about to be torn.. All the things that the rest of the world so admire about Denmark, is unfortunately disappearing fast. The new government, is mimicking the old government, aiming for the American model.

      The old retirement home is to be demolished (along with everything green surrounding it), even though it is only 32 years old, and functioning perfectly. In its stead they will build a massive fort, at a steep rent. And there will be no lakeview for the elderly, they get the shade, facing the courtyard or the street.

      The whole project have been shady from the start, and we are doing everything we can to put a halt to these insane plans, but we are obviously up against big profit.

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    2. I'm sorry to read that. This post is so wonderful and the trees are beautiful and I love this clever architecture. It was so comforting to know that there is a place where the elderly are treated with care and respect... until i read this.

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    3. Ah, I sort of blew the bad news in the comments. It makes so much sense to preserve the existing structure, not the least for the clever architecture. I would love to get inside and see the apartments. And I would love to see an interior decorator pimp a couple of apartments in different ways.

      But in Copenhagen, thinking forward means demolishing and building from scratch. If you dare to suggest preserving anything, you are mocked for being stuck in the last century. I think it is the other way around, and I think future generations will see it the same way.

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  3. AnonymousMay 25, 2013

    Virkelig smukke billeder. Jeg er ansat på Sølund, så det er dejligt at se stedet komme så flot ud på billeder.

    I betragtningen af at bygningerne ikke er ældre, er der meget der skal renoveres, hvis stedet skulle bestå som det er. Bl.a. vandrørene, der jævnligt går i stykker, så der er oversvømmelser/svamp i boligerne. Og det elektriske er heller ikke for godt heller.

    De fleste boliger har flotte udsiger, men de er for små. I fremtiden vil der komme beboere, der har brug for flere hjælpemidler og de er ikke til at flytte rundt på, hvis der også skal være plads til møbler i lejlighederne. En løsning på dette kunne være at man slog to boliger sammen til en, som man gør andre steder.

    De grønne arealer er virkelig smukke og Sølund ligger lige ned til søen. Det har den perfekte placering til et plejehjem midt i byen.

    Jeg har set modeller af det nye Sølund og jeg er bestemt ikke imponeret. Det ligner mere en ny stor kontorbygning frem for et plejehjem.
    Jeg tror bare desværre dette er et præstige projekt, fordi det så bliver så stort og moderne, med nye teknologier osv., så man snakker for døve øre når man appellerer til politikere.

    Og når man tænker på at det store køkken på Sølund er nyrenoveret for x antal millioner, er det egentlig lidt spild, når det alligevel rives ned inden for et par år.

    Man regner med at bruge omkring en milliard kr. på at rive Sølund ned og bygge et nyt stort monstrom. De siger at det kommer til at koste omtrent det samme hvis Sølund bare renoveres for at gøre stedet mere moderne. Jeg tvivler..

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    1. Det er dejligt at høre fra en på indersiden. Som dig, er jeg heller ikke imponeret over oplægget, og er helt enig: det minder mere om en kontorbygning. Som nabo er jeg ulykkelig over at miste et af de få åndehuller vi har her, der er meget få grønne pletter på det sorte Nørrebro. Og luften er giftig, med den vanvittige trafik vi er omringet af, og bor midt i. Ikke mindst efter at man har sat en prop i Nørrebrogade.

      Jeg vidste ikke at køkkenet er nyrenoveret, det er jo hul i hovedet?

      Byggeriet er så ungt, at det giver mening at renovere, hvis der skal rettes op på det elektriske og vandrør, så må man gøre det. Det kan umuligt blive dyrere end at rive det ned for 25 millioner og banke noget nyt op for en milliard. Lejlighederne fungerer fint som almindelige lejligheder, men måske ikke til ældre med behov for hjælpemidler. Som du selv siger, kan man slå lejligheder sammen. Men man kan også lave det om til ungdomsboliger. De er mere eller mindre indflytningsklar til de tusindevis af hjemløse vi har i København.

      Allermest er jeg bare dybt forarget over hvordan en lille gruppe mennesker har tromlet henover borgerne. Det er vores nabolag, det er vores by og vores allesammens penge. Deres job er at repræsentere os, og de er fuldstændig ligeglade.

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  4. AnonymousJune 19, 2013

    "Feast your eyes on all this beauty, before I rip your hearts out."
    Whoa. Intense!

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    1. I know :D, that is how it feels. Must keep this mini forest alive. Must!

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