Alsace. A warm elderly housing along the Rhine

Dominique Coulon & Associés focuses on collective spaces turned towards the river to foster relations among inhabitants.

Dominique Coulon & Associés, elderly housing, Huningue, France, 2017

A housing for elderly people made of red craft bricks by Dominique Coulon & Associés overlooks the Rhine river in Huningue, France. The concept prioritizes the creation of light-filled common spaces that overlook the river while encouraging mobility and social interactions.

The housing on the Rhine river is developed in three levels, a basement and two floors. The volume of the structure is conceived to be permeable, as the ground floor is designed to be crossed without obstacles, and porous, as it features a patio and a terrace overlooking the Rhine. The almost 4,000 sqm surface is divided in 25 homes of 50 sqm each, several common areas, a restaurant, a computer room, a workshop, and amenities such as a vegetable garden and a petanque field.

At the centre of the building, a stair produces a centripetal movement of the inhabitants and the visitors, fostering mobility and therefore social relations. The external envelope, made of craft bricks arranged following different patterns, presents imperfections and variations in colour, connecting the building to its port setting and to the city’s history. The materials chosen for both the interiors and the exteriors – red concrete, terracotta and wood – enrich the spatial and atmospheric qualities of the building.

Dominique Coulon & Associés, elderly housing, Huningue, France, 2017
elderly housing
Huningue, Alsace, France
Dominique Coulon & associés
Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas, Gautier Duthoit, Javier Gigosos-Ruipérez, Diego Bastos-Romero, Gautier Duthoit, Olivier Poula
Batiserf Ingénierie
MEP - Mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering:
Euro sound project
Bruno Kubler
4,000 sqm

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