Kauklahti Life and Living Centre for the Elderly
Kauklahti Life and Living Centre For The Elderly is the first realization of the new service-home concept. The Centre offers local senior citizens a public living room and various services. The dwellings are for elderly who need 24/7 care. The environment is designed to be easy to use in order to encourage residents’ self-acting. The rooms look like homes in spite of many care-helping tools.
The dwellings are clustered around a spacious and bright living-room & kitchen –space, with the living room having a balcony. The corridors are minimized and the compact solution makes both physical and social accessibility easy for the residents. The ground floor houses the service centre: a restaurant, a gym with sauna and clubrooms for hobbies. There is also a winter garden.
The cluster concept accommodates this large building to the small scale neighborhood and uneven terrain. The centre consists of three cubic volumes and a connecting joint unit with the main staircase and lifts. The colours refer to the colours of the surrounding housing.