area: 7.500 m2
- Užitek d.o.o.
type: housing elderly
year of construction: 2000
in a well-known spa town and surrounded by green spaces and
recreation facilities, the programme was developed to provide
quality accommodation for the elderly. In addition to studio
apartments and suites under medical surveillance, the building
houses a doctor's office, fully equipped medical facilities
with 30 beds, a dentist's office, a restaurant and a chapel.
The H-plan form connects three housing wings and a medical one
via the central three-storey atrium. Variations in rhythm and
composition of elevation surfaces and colours create a series
of diverse spaces, thus encouraging residents to explore and
interact while offering views to open atriums outside and the
enclosed space as offered by the building compares in many ways
to a cruise ship on the open sea. One gets to know the contents
in a day, explores them in detail the next day or two.Subsequently,
one's well being depends greatly on their ability to enjoy the
offer and to interact with people on board. In
the similar enclosed space system of the Senior Living, the
dynamics of different programmes offers residents a variety
of possibilities; it encourages interaction and sense of community.
The nucleus of interaction is the volume of the central atrium
with a fully glazed northern elevation and a solid protective
wall to the south. Horizontal communication through the atrium
via suspended bridges offers views to the countryside in the
north. Vertical communication via ramps provides easy access
to all floors for everyone, and adjacent slanted windows provide
views of the surroundings from either standing or seating position.