176_CND - ELDERLY HOUSE CASTEL NOTRE DAME
34.5 mio CHF
Ethan de Clerk
The project deals with the question of dwelling for the elderly, away from the common misconceived references of either hotel or hospital, and instead imagined as a big home. Situated in a large plot, surrounded by scattered low-density housing and the existing elderly home – to be replaced by the new– the project proposes a public park in addition to the main building as mutually indivisible components. Access and the distribution of the different circulations take benefit from this condition (two ground floors), with the public and communal spaces linking directly with the different instances of the exterior.
Internally, a central atrium connects all the floors with a shifting configuration, resulting from the rotation and mirroring of a typical floorplate on the top four storeys where the rooms and meeting spaces are contained. The importance given to the communal life on these floors results in an inversion of the traditional position of the bathroom as a threshold between the entrance and the bedroom, thus preferring a stronger link between hallways (“streets”) and bedrooms through internal shuttered windows, and linking instead the bathrooms to the private open spaces along the facades (“gardens”).
The park (designed with Thierry Dalcant Paysagiste), despite being public, is conceived as an extension of the programme of the home. In its patchwork different elements are juxtaposed: allotments, sensory garden, playgrounds and a big lawn, also containing the parking.