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Houses for Elderly People

Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus

Europa | Alcácer do Sal

This residential home for the elderly on the outskirts of the Portuguese town of Alcácer do Sal stretches out like a wavy broken line, its three, uncompromisingly white, above-ground levels standing out starkly against the dark earth. At the same time the building fits easily into the gently undulating landscape, not least on account of the perfectly straight line of its flat roof against the sky - achieved by varying the number of floors below.
Architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus have here tackled the issue of the special spatial-distribution needs of a distinct community: elderly people requiring assistance and care whose need for social interaction must not jeopardise the availability of privacy. Every aspect of the architecture is informed by these requirements. The spatial relations between circulation pathways, social environments and individual guest rooms exude a...

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