April 04, 2013
Aires Mateus. Housing for the elderly. Alcácer do Sal. Portugal
If you are working on a project for this site, have a look at the following projects:
Elderly housing. Aires Mateus. Alcácer do Sal. Portugal
The project adds to an existing complex of charity facilities which include a hospital and with which this shares a network of free spaces. A total of 38 rooms are distributed in a white volume which starts from the hillside and weaves its way across the site setting out the collective outdoor spaces. The common areas are on the ground floor: the dining area, a living area and occupational therapy workshop. The two upper floors are taken up by bedrooms (16 single and 22 double rooms) separated by the deep fissures in the volume which function as terraces and help to give a sense of rhythm to the facades and corridors. This way the greatest possible independence and privacy between the units of the upper floors (none of the rooms share a partition wall with the next) is achieved, while most of the shared living is concentrated on the ground floor.
Myspace Student Housing. Murado, Elvira y Krahe Arquitectos. Trondheim. Norway. 1st prize Europan IX
A continuous cladding using wood slats unifies the volume of this Trondheim residence. This skin works as a blind, railing, floor or false ceiling. The building can also be used as a hotel in the summer, thus optimising the function of these types of service buildings. The ground floor and first floor allow public space to enter the building in a cold climate and house business and common spaces which are integrated into the residential programme on the first floor. To avoid social isolation, an electronic device at the entrance of each room displays information that each occupant wishes to share with the rest of his/her neighbours.
Julia tower. Vidalponsgaliana. Barcelona
This project involving housing for the elderly is inserted into a block of public facilities which also includes a sports centre and a residence for elderly people. These services are organised around a public space which gives access to the different buildings. The Julia Tower is divided into three parts. Each horizontal community has a corresponding larger space, where the majority of community activites are organised for users. These spaces make up the heart of the proposal and are expressed very clearly on the facade.
Pieter en Pauwel housing and public facilities. Office dA. Brussels. Belgium
This building stands lined up with a large city block with row housing outside of Brussels. With the building, the main plaza of this former city, absorbed by Brussels, is provided with a large variety of overlapping uses. Towards the inside of the lot, uses are divided into two wings that go inward to the existing garden and favour connections with neighbouring land. On ground floor, a group of community services (library, civic centre, day centre) and businesses stand facing the street, the inner passageway and the public garden. Other levels have a programme of affordable housing.
More information about Europan 12, here.