Residential and Nursing Home Simmering / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner

© Mark Steinmetz

Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner 
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Mark Steinmetz, Benno Wutzl
Photographs: Paul Ott, Mark Steinmetz, Armin Plankensteiner

Project Area: 5,800 sqm
Floor Space: 30,000 sqm

In the heart of Vienna’s 11th district, on a lot densely vegetated by an old tree population, a new game-changing geriatrics center was to be realized.

© Paul Ott

Central idea:

High-quality dwelling for care-dependent senior citizens in the comforting atmosphere of a green oasis – rather then the common, sterile, hospital-style atmosphere of geriatrics centers as they used to be. The individual wards of the center are designed to conceptually resemble an organic city center, with all its varying and diversified spatial characteristics. They are articulated into common rooms and lounges on the “squares”, and small dwelling units lining the “alleys”. These all have naturally lit bathrooms as well as either loggias or balconies which offer beautyful vistas of the surrounding treetops and cityscape.

© Paul Ott

Apart from their orientation towards the exterior, all bedrooms feature interior glass openings which establish a visual connection with the “village squares” inside the building. This leaves inhabitants with the possibilty to enjoy both watching the goings-on around the building as well as participating actively or passively in a ward’s everyday life.

© Armin Plankensteiner

Finally a spatious and welcoming groundfloor – again resembling a small city center – complements what the individual wards have to offer with small shops, a café, a treatment and therapy center, daycare facilities for visitors and a multi-purpose space.

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Cite: "Residential and Nursing Home Simmering / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner" 03 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=268705>

3 comments

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    This place would be awesome for today’s contemporary youth, but for “care dependent” seniors? I can just imagine my grandparents going crazy in something like this! There’s a ton of evidence based architecture research out there on dependent care facilities…this in my opinion reflects an architect’s personal aesthetic more than the population it serves. Not saying i don’t like the aesthetic…i think it’s pretty sweet! Just not sure if it’s appropriate. But perhaps the elderly population in Vienna is just that much cooler and hip?

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      @sdarch, “appropriate” is relative. Today’s appropriate would be tomorrows outdated. Since European architecture would generally be regarded as more advanced. I would not be surprised if the grandpas and grandmas are that much cooler and hip.t

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