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  7. Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects

Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects

  • 01:00 - 3 December, 2013
Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 19

  • Project management

    NOMADE architectes
  • Programme

    Accommodation facility for the elderly (EHPA), 44 beds
  • Client

    Centre Communal d’Action Social (CCAS) de Concoret
  • Cost

    €4.29 M excl. VAT
  • Handover

    October 2013
  • Missions

    Private contract management for a public client (MOP) + works phase
  • Partners

    ISATEG ATLANTIQUE (all trades engineers) + Process Cuisine
  • Performance levels

    BBC Effinergie energy efficiency

Concoret Housing for the Elderly  / Nomade Architects, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Concoret in the Loire-Atlantique department of Brittany region (44): handover of the France’s first accommodation facility for the elderly (EHPA) awarded a BBC Effinergie energy efficiency label.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The NOMADE Architectes agency recently delivered an accommodation facility for the elderly(EHPA) in Concoret in the Loire-Atlantique department. The town now has the first BBC Effinergie labelled accommodation facility for the elderlyin France. The building provides solutions to a number of complex problems that presented themselves in terms of the programme and the construction itself. The challenge was to welcome and integrate residents into a stimulating social environment while respecting each person’s individuality and privacy and, at the same time, incorporate a high performance energy control approach into the construction process. As a centre intended to allow people to group together and socialise, a setting where space is appropriated while allowing people to retain their individuality, EHPA is open to all. Its interior layout favours an optimised flow management and a functional distribution of spaces. 

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The building is located on a privileged site in a rural environment formed by cultivated land and forests. The EHPA takes advantage of the site’s slopes and inclines to organise itself around a number of independent levels and to limit the building’s landtake. It is built right up against the hillside to minimise the amount of north-facing façade surfaces. To the south, the building opens generously onto the surroundings on all its levels.

Northern Facade
Northern Facade

The facility is constructed from a combined concrete and timber structure. The use of wood as a facing material gives the entire constructed envelope a sense of unity. The vertical cladding applied to the façades uses local species (acacia and chestnut) that are provided with two colour tones (grey and natural wood) that will harmonise perfectly over time.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The entrance to the building, located to the north, is signalled by a canopy. The northern façade, interspersed with openings, introduces a soft, homogenous light into the circulation areas. To the south, the façade offers a series of terraces and balconies. Giving onto the landscape, residents are provided with privileged views over the private and collective green spaces. The 44 one- and two-room apartments are all provided with a hall serving a bathroom, an equipped living room, a kitchenette and a bedroom. Each housing unit is provided with an external space accessible from the living room or the bedroom, offering each resident a high level of comfort and independence. A large south-facing and partially covered terrace extends the living spaces by providing an unobstructed view over the forest.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

In addition to a planted interior patio, a large green space to the south comprising a rose garden, a vegetable garden and an orchard provides areas for the residents occupy and engage in various activities. The planted roof integrates the building into its environment, increases its inertia and provides a better control over rainwater drainage. It also completes the finish to the fifth façade of this BBC Effinergie energy efficiency labelled building.


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Cite: "Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects" 03 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/453882/concoret-housing-for-the-elderly-nomade-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884