ALTA HEALTH CARE CENTER
Alta care center is situated between the health care center and the University of Alta. The ground floor will be interconnecting, but the construction will appear as five individual buildings. The center will consist of care- and youth housing, nursing homes, and a visitor center.
Husbanken is working towards the strengthening of a homeliness in the care system. The development of the Alta Care Center is therefor based on the creation of this feeling. The natural landscape is playing a big part in the development of the center. By situating the nursing home and care-and youth housing as separate buildings in the landscape the residents will get a stronger feeling of being independent and living their own lives. The shrubs will regrow around the building giving a feeling of being closer to nature.
The entrance is facing south and is situated at the heart of the building. The materials used in the construction is creating a warm atmosphere. Which again is welcoming the local residents, the visitors, and the employers. The center is thought to be a place for gathering with a cantina functioning as a café. There will be a stage for smaller concerts, a teaching arena, a day center, and a doctor for the residents. The building will work as an extension of Alta city center.
The public areas of the care center are all situated at the south end where the entrance is placed. The employers will be exposed to daylight. A wall constructed as waves are creating hang out spots in the sun, shaded towards the wind. The materials used are warm and generate a feeling of being welcome. The wavy walls go throughout the building and appear as guidance to walk among the houses. The housing is organized with 9 and 9 rooms. The reason for this is that walking around these will create a feeling of strolling in an acclimatized courtyard. This space gives an accessible orienting and contact with the community. This space is situated with winter gardens and common rooms such as living room and kitchen. The strolling is thought to give a feeling of mastering the tasks and routines of daily life.
The outer walls are cladded with dark wood, but towards the atriums, warm light wood is used. The housing will also have bay windows. These elements will generate a warm atmosphere, and give a feeling of being home.