Day Care Heart for Folks with Alzheimer’s Illness / studioVRA
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The brand new Day Care Heart for Folks with Alzheimer’s Illness in Benavente (Spain) arises from the getting old of the area’s inhabitants. When designed, there was no confirmed scheme for this typology, regardless of the expansion of the illness in recent times in some areas of the nation. Therefore, the preliminary program solely specified the inclusion of areas for cognitive and bodily stimulation actions, with eating and relaxation areas for 50 customers. Subsequently, the primary activity was to know the logic of this typology and crystallize it into an architectural scheme.
One other essential start line was the Heart’s location inside a double boundary scenario (territorial and concrete). On the one hand, the city is situated on the periphery of the good Castilian plateau, so it’s endowed with a selected topography: between hills, valleys and plains, with a historic situation of crossing roads, and among the foremost arterial roads of the nation. Then again, the plot can be situated inside a municipal boundary space, on a hill with a steep slope between an growth space and farmland. This example emphasizes the conjunction of landscapes within the constructing once more.
These concepts motivated the positioning of the constructing within the higher a part of the plot to facilitate a stratum of it to rotate and tear the slope to create a brand new plain space. Then, in a second motion, a part of that stratum rises one other degree vertically to guard the constructing on its city entrance. Thus, a brand new line of the horizon is created, the primary topic of the constructing, which not solely symbolizes the synergy of the neighborhood within the face of this illness but in addition dialogues with the panorama.
As soon as on the floor, the rising stratum is excavated to accommodate the totally different areas. These are divided into 4 zones in keeping with their levels of privateness and use. Two massive retaining partitions prolong outwards to mark the doorway and separate the general public areas (differentiated as administrative and multipurpose areas) from the non-public ones. On the identical time, the latter is articulated round two corridors of nice width, their variety assists in spatially orienting guests. From every of them, the remainder of the non-public areas might be accessed. One gives entry to probably the most steadily use. Thus, it’s designed with a transparent and resounding scheme that optimizes the operation of the constructing, permitting for easy, simultaneous and impartial use of the totally different areas and a maximized use of its vitality assets.
The remainder of the plot (creating in a second part) is a big two-level backyard. Nevertheless, each are conceived collectively because of their frequent conceptual origin, and the higher backyard extends itself over the inexperienced roof and water storage. Therefore, the constructing is said to the panorama each formally and materially. This space is conceived as the biggest room within the Heart, because it encourages out of doors actions and assures customers direct contact with the surface and the panorama of their reminiscence