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Nursing Home Kritzendorf
Nursing Home Kritzendorf
Nursing home Barmherzige Brüder Kritzendorf, Lower Austria. in cooperation with Christoph Lechner & Partner architects; planning 2015-16, construction 2017; area appr. 25.000m²
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Design concept

Creating a diverse and motivating landscape with a variety of opportunies for communication and interaction is the main target in this project. The sloped property of about three hectars allows building access from several garden levels.

An immanent part of the design apart of bringing occupants into nature is the infiltering of green into the building and its courtyard and therefore bringing nature to the more physically restricted residents.

This intersection of outside and inside is introduced both in large scale by opening up the courtyard towards the view but also on small scale by offering mobile planting beds for private or therapeutic purposes.

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Courtyard and Landscape Terrace

The central courtyard conceptionally refers and works as a village square being the daily meeting place but offering space for partys and other special occassions at the same time.  The central plaza is fringed by green cut-outs holding tree plantings and an array of planting motifs.

 

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A longitudinal interactive water bassin acts as a further element of the village typlogy.

Directly accessible from the courtyard the Landscape Terrace offers a great vista over the Danube valley north of the site. The design of the Terrace is inspired by holiday trips abroad, equipped with lounges, holiday swings and deck chairs.

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Orchard

Situated on the western side of the building lies the fruit garden, barrier-free accessible, inviting for a stroll or gardening session.

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Terraced café

Adjacent to the entrance square a small café  is operating. A lush terraced slope acts as backdrop.

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Herb garden