Orderly elderly

The orderly elderly is a design for an elderly home in Schwartzach, Vorarlberg in Austria. My first conviction in this project was that the fragile skin and bodies of the elderly should have slender architecture to accompany them. The building should be in a delicate balance between protection and freedom, between concealing and revealing. To use the full potential of the beautiful location along the river the building is not confined to one place but stretches out to let the elderly enjoy the nature and space. The delicate exterior of corroding copper plates and thin ribbed windows express the same transient nature of its natural surroundings and inhabitants. The wooden walls and soft detailing give a more humane strength to balance the composition.