COMPETITION NURSING HOME FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE LEMBACH
collaborators: di stavroula tsafou, raffael schwärzler, tim fahrner
ATMOSPHERIC AND SPATIAL QUALITIES
In order to upgrade the private living space of each resident, the entrance area of each room is conceived as a porch. Thereby, a personal autonomy, similar to a village-like structure, is created. The porch acts as a filter between the sleeping room and the common living space.
The rooms are arranged around a space with a winter garden and a loggia, which is well lighten and also has a great view.
The back walls of the rooms are designed with doors, windows, niches, benches, cardboards and bookshelves – which are common elements for the residents. Walking by the rooms, around the shared living space, crossing the loggias and leading back to the rooms creates a nice circle that makes possible, for people suffering from dementia, to follow their urge to move within the living area. Proportions, details and surfaces made of cosy wooden elements create a feel-like-home atmosphere.
TRANSLATION OF THE FUNCTIONAL AND NURSING CONCEPT
The rooms of both living groups are arranged around, a family-like center with a living area, a dining area, a winter garden as well as a loggia. Right in the center of each floor, there is the base for the employees and other working areas. Thereby, a cosy unit is created – with loggias and niches leaving enough space for reflection. Due to the central organisation of the working areas and the bases, the employees have a great overview on the one hand, and on the other hand, they are always present and accessible by the residents. To ensure short distances, the side rooms are situated right next to the working area and the base in the middle of each floor.
Each dining and living area is accompanied by an outdoor area like a terrace, atrium or a winter garden, thereby making it possible for residents to take a walk around it.
Due to the shape of the building, it is possible to create a big shared deck that includes a garden for people with dementia.