This care and retirement home has been built in the heart of the Normandy bocage near the village of Orbec. The building follows the sloping curve of the hillside, and is visible from the valley.
To reduce the visual impact of this imposing building, we felt it preferable to divide it up. We achieved the desired effect by using the colour green, with the result that the building both blends into the larger landscape and reflects the rural nature of the site. The under-faces of the overhangs and the white walls of the base produce a feeling of lightness.
Each of the living units fits into one section of the building, and all are connected to a south-facing street, backed by the hill. This arrangement gives views through the building from one side to the other, with light punctuating the traffic routes and achieving maximum variety. The colour red destructures the space and adds dynamic. We have avoided using the conventional colours of the hospital environment.
The building has been designed to enhance the living and walking areas. Its strength lies in its relationship with the landscape.
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Superior design and modern features for seniors: nursing and retirement home Orbec, France
Located in the heart of Normandy, an unconventional nursing and retirement home featuring a stunning green façade is embedded in the iconic French landscape. Designed by Strasbourg-based architectural studio Dominique Coulon & associés, the building covers a floor space of 5,833 sqm. The exceptional building that comprises a total of 115 units provides a state-of-the-art home, including friendly and age-appropriate nursing services, to elderly people and to those in need of care.
The colour combination of green and red may seem unusual for a nursing home, but, in dialogue with the white shades of the building’s foundation and with calm elements such as the wooden staircase, there is an overall atmosphere of comfort, harmony and well being. The strong opaque colours generate a dynamic that creates a light and welcoming look.
The LS 990 in alpine white, as well as KNX systems, create beautiful illumination and provide easy-to-use, comfortable building technology. The light can be individually controlled to match the residents’ differing requirements. Simple control of heating and shutters provides both a feeling of safety and the necessary comfort in energy-efficient control that can be adapted to varying needs.