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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home in Orbec, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

 
September 15th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

This care and retirement home has been built in the heart of the Normandy bocage near the village of Orbec. The building follows the sloping curve of the hillside, and is visible from the valley.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi)
  • Project: Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home
  • Location: 8 rue de la Source, 14290 Orbec, Calvados, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons
  • Client: EPMS Marie du Merle in Orbec
  • Architects assistants: David Romero-Uzeda, Olivier Nicollas, Chang Zhang, Javier Gigosos Ruipérez, Pedro Rodríguez Ruipérez, Ania Klukowski, Gautier Duthoit
  • Construction site supervision: Emilie Brichard, Jean Scherer
  • Structural Engineer: Batiserf Ingénierie
  • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer: BET G.Jost
  • Electrical Engineer: BET G.Jost
  • Cost Estimator: E3 économie
  • Acoustics: Euro sound project
  • Kitchen expert: Ecotral
  • Landscape: Bruno Kubler
  • Budget: 12 279 536 € H.T
  • Surface: 5833 sqm
  • Competition: September 2008
  • Plans and technical phases: From october 2008 to January 2012
  • Construction: from January 2012 to September 2015

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

To reduce the visual impact of this imposing building, we felt it preferable to divide it up. We achieved the desired effect by using the colour green, with the result that the building both blends into the larger landscape and reflects the rural nature of the site. The under-faces of the overhangs and the white walls of the base produce a feeling of lightness.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Each of the living units fits into one section of the building, and all are connected to a south-facing street, backed by the hill. This arrangement gives views through the building from one side to the other, with light punctuating the traffic routes and achieving maximum variety. The colour red destructures the space and adds dynamic. We have avoided using the conventional colours of the hospital environment.

The building has been designed to enhance the living and walking areas. Its strength lies in its relationship with the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

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Categories: Housing Development, Mixed use, Nursing Home, Offices, Rehabilitation Centre, Residential

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