ALTA HEALTH CARE CENTER
Alta omsorgssenter is an ongoing project located in Alta. With its 24 000 m2, the building will be the largest health care center in North Norway and is constructed using cross-laminated timber.
From the onset an important factor has been to reduce the feeling of being lonely and institutionalized. The benefits of walking have been interpreted into the project, and the concept of “walking yourself healthy” has been an important element when developing the care center. The 24 000 m2 large center is divided into five different buildings; health care center, visitor center, nursing home, assisted living and youth housing. The guests and residents at the centre walk through climatized walkways, into atriums and common areas, and can stop by the day center. You can move around the buildings through a landscape of cultivated gardens and a pine forest surrounding the health care center.
Nature plays a big part in the formation of the architecture. The landscape both opens up to a number of different possibilities as well as its inherent limitations. The limitations and possibilities both become the starting point and inspiration for the formation of the center. The slightly sloped terrain makes it possible to place parts of the center underneath the ground without having to compromise on natural light. Local climate and lighting conditions have been carefully studied to create outdoor areas which are shaded from the rough winds while allowing for the few rays of the sun the area sees in the winter months. Large outdoor atriums are places full of life where residents can socialize or hide away in private areas, balconies and healing gardens of contemplation.