The new destination involves the constrution of 42 sheltered housing for the elderly, a community accommodation as wall as spaces dedicated to common services such as clinics, physiotherapy gym, collective meeting rooms, restaurants.Every formal choice was strongly conditioned by the realization of such a specific function.
On the part of the future manager of the structure, a company that in Europe can boast 70,000 beds, have arrived precise constraints of metric and functional order while on our part the input to meet energy criteria, very high structural and environmental sustainability so we have made very stringent technological and philosophical choices.
The project was born with an authentically green and glocal soul. It is an architecture that uses a simple formal language; making “local” material choices, it acts with a global contemporary vision. The technology is there but you can’t see it.
One of the key choices was to literally bring the park of Villa Nobel to the roof of the building. In the project this happens, without solution of continuity, thanks to the new articulation of the volumes and the study of the external paths. This operation led to an overall volumetric recalibration of the building thanks to which it was possible to provide the front facing Porto Sole and the bike path, find a balanced relationship with the park and with the access road.
This creates a series of thematic gardens and green spaces that are always accessible even by people with reduced mobility. An accommodation for the elderly cannot ignore open spaces and these spaces must be articulated both as public and private spaces, so it was important to ensure that as many of the accommodations as possible also exclusive outdoor spaces such as loggias or terraces. In the overall interpretation of the building, this differentiation helps to give an easy recognizability to the plans: the external effect of articulation of the superimposed volumes removes the effect of seriality from the apartments, both externally and internally, because they are characterized by loggias or terraces. The innovation on housing is typological. Guests have the possibiliy to host a friend or relative in full autonomy for a short period. This expedient will allow the elderly guest a free social life and will therefore be very useful for improving the psychological performance of his stay. It is the realization of the same concept expressed in the external architectural language that tends to avoid any possible feeling of alienation and facilitates sociability both in the context of family affections and in relationships with other guests.