Can the merciless pragmatism of the geriatric programme be abolished by the art of the fugue?
A geriatric nursing home for 340 residents was to be planned from the site of the former Empress Elisabeth Hospital. In the southern section, the existing buildings were to be converted into apartments and a new building for 150 apartments was to be erected.
How can we “release” spaces of experience that emerge casually, unnoticed and at the same time protected from the framework of institutionalised care? How can the range of the required housing programme—from nursing homes to different housing models—contribute to added value for the urban development of the entire area? The requirement of an at the same time open and protected space also applies to housing in the south (noise situation Felberstraße). The edge of the development field is activated as a zone of multi-layered dialogue with different permeability: “groups of houses” break up the large-scale design of the block edge and enable an innovative spatial concept.