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Elderly Home competition project
It is not uncommon for older individuals to feel lonely and isolated. The composition of the building and its main element, the inner yard-garden, aim to fight against these feelings, fostering the feeling of community, communication and involvement with each other. The design encourages social interaction using the communal spaces available on the top three floors to support and encourage group activities, making it a safe and comfortable environment to make friends to combat loneliness and develop a sense of community. The plot of land allocated for the construction of the home for the elderly has a polygonal outline and a steep slope. The altitude difference from West to East is 10.53m. Streets pass along the western and northeastern borders of the territory. The hook-shaped composition of the building was partially derived from the features of the site and the provided building programme. In addition to that, the choice of this form emphasizes the importance of providing a supportive and caring environment for the elderly. The structure located on the slope has four floors, each with a height of 3.60m. The western facade, that runs along one of the adjacent streets, is single-story, solid and completely blank. The facade facing north-east is four floors tall. The main entrance of the building is from the first floor, from the street to the north-east. This is where the reception, administration and medical facilities are located. The first floor also houses a separate entrance that provides access the kitchen and dining room, which is accompanied by a retaining wall finished with rough local stone. The second floor houses the chapel, the library, a large gathering room, the dining room, and the kitchen. The dining room is illuminated from the inner courtyard through glass sliding doors, providing the opportunity to serve food in the open air, in addition to providing natural lighting and ventilation. The corridor leading to the library, communication hall and chapel also receives natural light and ventilation through the same inner courtyard, while the chapel receives illumination from a separate, second inner courtyard. On the third and fourth floors there are 20 single and 20 twin residential rooms with their balconies, as well as service staff rooms, socialization corners and meeting rooms. All en suite rooms receive direct sunlight through their balconies, none of the rooms face north, avoiding suboptimal illumination. The corridors are also naturally illuminated, and they also feature built-in wardrobes for storage. The upper three floors are connected to each other with the help of multiple mezzanines that vary in shape and size, this helps with illumination and ventilation, while also creating additional links between the floors, further softening the boundaries between the floors. The staircases and elevators, which provide the vertical traffic of the structure, are designed to maximize accessibility. A ramp stretches out of the third floor facade, providing access to the outer garden of the building, which will be used for recreational gardening activities. The building’s curving silhouette envelops an inner garden, which can be used for entertainment, socialization, events, and recreation. It too, like the outer garden, can be accessed from the third floor of the building. In turn, the two triangular inner courtyards that illuminate the second floor are visible from the inner yard. Thus, the inner garden is enclosed by the structure and is open only in the north-eastern part.