Witherford Watson Mann Architects, in collaboration with writer Ken Worpole, has unveiled their design for an almshouse for the elderly in Bermondsey, London. Located on the site of a vacant, post-war nursing home, the 6,152 square meter space will serve the United St Saviour’s Charity, as an independent living accommodation for around 90 residents.
“Conceived as both communally cohesive, yet open to the local community,” the almshouse features five stories, with the main elevation in two-story glazed bays that will be visible and available for use by community groups.
All residences are connected by a central garden court, and the building additionally features a private residents’ lounge, multi-use craft room, laundry, bathing and therapy room, hairdressing salon, and meeting spaces.
“Our almshouse reinvents this classic building type for the 21st Century … This will be a very urban building that is active, open, and in direct contact with the street. Loneliness has a huge impact on older people, and we have created opportunities for sharing and sociability throughout the almshouse.”
LocationBermondsey, London SE16, United Kingdom
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