building for the future




an innovative urban concept: The Senior Collegium + Toolkit for builders

The Philanthropic Association Realdania chose futu to provide insights and design principles on how to increase life quality through rethinking urban shared living for tomorrow’s seniors. futu designed a brand new shared seniorhome concept, called The Senior Collegium using co-creation methods combined with research on future trends and shared living spaces across the world.

Together with Realdania, the Social Housing Organization fsb, architects and an enthusiastic group of urban seniors , futu designed a shared home concept redefining the traditional shared seniorhome. The Senior Collegium integrates principles from student living and international megatrends concerning collaborative cultures. The Senior Collegium motivates a very open and inclusive community as it prioritise shared spaces and maximum synergy between residents, neighbours and visitors – across generations. 

The Senior Collegium redefines classic shared homes concepts as it maximises shared spaces.

we foster high life quality
for tomorrow’s seniors

“futu gave me an intriguing framework that made me think of a shared senior home in a completely new way”

The Architect responsible for the building program

private, semi-private, semi-public and public zones

Functions and activities in the Senior Collegium are mapped into four zones. The zones guides the architects and the final design of the building, as they define user needs for space related to privacy and social interaction. The framework separates user needs into private, semi-private, semi-public and public zones.

Loneliness is a massive social problem affecting 104,000 elderly people in DK. By 2040 every fourth Dane will be +60 years. Loneliness is a potential risk for elderly people but shared homes provides a social structure to counteract this. 

91% residents in shared seniorhomes report that they experience increased quality of life, while 75% experience better social conditions.

preparing for a new tomorrow

futu delivered a Value Program providing an innnovative concept for an urban Senior Collegium in Copenhagen. futu also delivered a Toolkit for builders providing inspiration, co-creation guidelines and design principles motivating the establishment of Senior Collegiums on a national scale.

Download your own copy of the Toolkit below.   

Value Program


Realdania is a Philanthropic Association with the mission of improving life quality forall through the built environment. The Association have since its establishment in 2000 supported and initiated more than 3350 projects with more than 18,2 mia. DKK


fsb is the largest Social Housing Organization in Copenhagen. With the slogan “More than housing”, fsb empathize their focus of creating good living conditions for their residents and local communities.

more info


Ann Thor
+45 40851866

follow futu for latest news, trends and jobs

view all work