The nursing home in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, designed by Aires Mateus Arquitectos, aggregates into a unique volume and harmoniously fits with the surroundings. Its minimal shape creates a pleasant contrast to the softer natural environment, creating a look that is clean, clear and uncluttered.
‘The project is based on a attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, a sort of a micro-society with its own rules. It is a program, somewhere in between a hotel and a hospital, that seeks to comprehend and reinterpret the combination social/private, answering to the needs of a social life, and at the same time of solitude', explain the architects.
Independents unities aggregate into a unique body, whose design is expressive and clear. The reduced mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience.
The distance between the independent units is measured and drawn to turn the idea of path into life, and its time into form. The building, designed path, is a wall that naturally rises from the topography: it limits and defines the open space, organizing the entire plot. Read more on OpenBuildings.