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nursing center for the elderly

nursing center / assisted living
Egg, Austria

competition 2009
Avoiding unnecessary stairs and steps might be greatest convenience for the elderly population. Based on that thought the design develops a single storey typology for a nursing home with an associated small housing typology for assisted living. This site in rural context - offers this possibility.
3 units (each 15 rooms with common living spaces, nursing facilities), daily care-centre, office spaces, common cafeteria are arranged analog to the grown structure of a small village. Streets and alleys, places and built structures with adjacent gardens emerge. A church is kept in central position. The village is also a metaphor for the individuality and autonomy of the residents.
The design emphasis the quality and strength of individual spaces with different proportions, light situations and neighbouring relations. The atmospheric and spatial quality is a surplus, overbalancing pure functional architecture.

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