Dominique Coulon & associés architectes designed a large healthcare facility for dependent elderly people in the heart of the Normandy bocage near the village of Orbec.
Following the sloping curve of the hillside, the 115-bed care and To reduce the visual impact of the imposing building, the architects decided to divide it up. By using the colour green, the building both blends into the larger landscape and reflects the rural nature of the region. A feeling of lightness is generated by the under-faces of the overhangs and the white walls of the base. Each living unit fits into one section of the retirement home and remain connected to a south-facing street. In the inside the layout offers views through one side to the other, with light punctuating primary circulation routes. The interior spaces feature the color red, creating bold and dynamic spaces atypical to the conventional colors that are normally used in healthcare institutions.
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