The new elderly housing of the city of Saint Brieuc, in Brittany, fit in well in the center of the Cesson district, constructed on a greenfield site.
The structure's integration into its environment was a priority. To respect the residential character of the neighborhood was also key, while providing a contemporary and attractive image to the institution. The created building is the combination of nine small blocks and a double-pitched roof, incorporating traditional architectural codes of pavilions nearby. These are connected by walkways and corridors creating two inner patios.
Rifts were designed to make each sub-entity independent. They outline the facade and give a warmth to the building and bring comfort to occupants.
Landscaped outdoor spaces surround the building. These spaces are treated as walking areas connected to the neighborhood. The project ownership and the town of St Brieuc prioritizes integrating the institution into the life of the neighborhood by promoting social mixing and interaction with the neighborhood.
The project uses the following materials: Zinc in roofing and cladding, a system Riverlack orange hue to mark the entrance on the main facade, wood siding blades of openwork douglas fir for warmth, a coating of white shade offers a bright facade inside the patio, and cement render gray indicates the technical area at the rear of the building.
These materials and color sets mark the different units of the housing and energizes all while providing a warm and welcoming look.
The establishment entrance, branded in a facade of a brightly colored orange, leads into a bright and friendly lobby. From there, all services are clearly identified: an administrative area, a reception area for families, a hairdresser, an area of care, an Alzheimer's unit on the ground floor, and a nursing home.
The Alzheimer sector on the ground floor spreads throughout the southern part of the building surrounding the south patio. It is accessible via a secure door from the hall.
This division is divided into two units of 12 beds connected by a continuous flow. The rooms open either on the patio or in the garden outside. Upstairs, three living units are grouped in nursing homes and common areas.
The establishment welcomes and integrates residents in a stimulating social environment while respecting individuality and privacy. Residents can thus intersect and share their daily lives while retaining their autonomy.