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Located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal, House for the Elderly by Aires Mateus | The Hardt
Located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal, House for the Elderly by Aires Mateus. The project is based on an 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. 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 the 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.
Aesthetically and Geographically Related Projects:
- The Beaumont House (2011) by Henri Cleinge
- Roduit House Transformation (2005) by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
- The Wall House by Guedes Cruz Architects
- Three Courtyard House (2015) by extrastudio
- House in Leiria (2011) by ARX Portugal