Structure, Calm, and Security
Viewed from the outside, it is a relatively closed, self-contained, and urban building. The residents themselves, individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders, require structure, calm, and security. To cater to this group, the building features a concealed interior space made of wood, protected by the outer stone ring. Wood has been prominently used in this project to create a warm and friendly ambiance.
Evokes a Roman Villa
The apartments are arranged around a large patio. The concept evokes a Roman villa, where different rooms are arranged around the impluvium and are all accessible from this central space. Surrounding the patio is a covered cloister on two levels, with the apartment entrances. The residents have their own world here, exuding tranquility through the use of natural and consistent materials. The building thus contributes to the organization, calm, and structure that patients need to function in society, without compromising their privacy or freedom of movement.
The exterior masonry has fine detailing, creating a connection between an urban and human scale. To enhance the effect and contrast with the outside, the patio features a completely different design: everything is made of untreated FSC-certified hardwood – the facade adorned with vertical wooden slats extending into ceilings and fascia boards; the load-bearing columns constructed with roundwood poles of varying lengths, and the beams supporting the galleries. Over time, the facade will naturally develop a grey patina, which also influenced the choice of Cumaru FSC as the wood species. Cumaru is highly durable, greys relatively slowly, and eventually acquires a beautiful lively patina.