Residential care community “The Welcoming Citadel”
The competition for the redevelopment of the ex-hospital and design of a Residential care community (The Welcoming Citadel) was the perfect occasion to develop a modern residential nursing home.
The project echoes a hospital-like logical organization while places the fragile users themselves at the centre of the design, creating a friendly and therapeutic environment, proving qualitative, efficient and functional living standards.
The position of the structure within the urban centre of Riva del Garda shows the will towards integration, contrasting the tendency to segregation which often historically accompanied these facilities.
“The Welcoming Citadel” is conceived as a space which interacts both with the elderly guest – exalting the therapeutic role – and with the external context; a place that provides a new balance to the surrounding area, rendering the structure alive and integrated into the community.
The form of the building and the central position of gardens, the smooth pedestrian paths and the internal disposition of corridors, rooms and common areas respects this principle while evoking the shapes of the surrounding landscape with the intent of recalling natural elements.