Urban space and housing
The centre with its 104 assisted-living flats consists of a hierarchy of 2- to 4-storey built structures, which relate to the woods and the lake in the centre of the woods. To the south, the centre has a more rigorous appearance, distinctively bordering the local square. The south-facing town square is a designated activity zone, where the residents of the care home meet residents from the rest of the community.
The activity and exercise centre is located on the ground floor: a transparent zone affording users views of the town square, the woods, and the lake.
The buildings are designed with distinctive recesses to create human scale and to establish informal, sheltered areas. The buildings are encircled by a diverse path system, which forms part of the residents’ physical exercise. The laciniated composition of the building divides the site into small, intimate, themed gardens, reminiscent of the residents’ original homes.
The dwellings are zoned into small groups, placed centrally around the local, through-lit communal areas. The hallways are generously laid out, allowing for small areas for passing the time of day in. All have views of the gardens, the woods or the forecourt.
The design of the homes is based on the desire to create the greatest sense of homeliness. Large balconies and window sections create great contact with the outside areas, even if you are bedridden or physically disabled. Balconies near the communal living areas and in the dwellings are recessed in relation to the façade to create shelter and privacy.