Assisted Living Facility by Aires Mateus, Alcácer do Sal, PortugalPosted: March 16, 2011
Name of the project was Residências assistidas em Alcácer do Sal.
Houses for eldery people in Alcácer do Sal.
The project was designed in 2006-2007and built in 2008-2010
The Authors were Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus, collaborated with Giacomo Brenna, Paola Marini, Anna Bacchetta, Miguel Pereira. The Client was Santa Casa da Misericordia de Alcácer do Sal. The engineer was Engitarget, lda. The Constructor was Ramos Catarino, Sa. The landscape architecture was ABAP Luis Alçada Batista. The Footprint Area reached 1560 m2. The Floor Gross Area was 3640 m2
ALCÁCER DO SAL FORM
The project was according to a attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, a sort of a micro-society with its own rules.
A modern house was a place between a hotel and a hospital that looked for comprehend and reinterpret the combination social/private. The needs of a social life were answered, and at the same time of solitude. Independents integrated aggregate into a unique body, whose design was expressive and clear. The reduct mobility of those who would live in the box house suggested that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. The distance between the independent units was sized and drawn to turn the idea of path into life, and its time into form. The minimalist house, designed path, was a wall that naturally appeared from the topography: it limited and explained the open space. The entire plot was organized.
A nursing home in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, was designed by Portuguese studio Aires Mateus Arquitectos . The façade was reminding of a checkerboard, with its white surface punctured at intervals by recesses to shade its glazing. The house design twisted over the site, rising and falling with the topography of the landscape. A surrounding landscaped garden achieved to the roof of at some parts. The access to the top of the building was given. Photographs were by Fernando Guerra. .