Following an international architects’ selection GROUP A, VAN VEEN Architects and BEtween have realised the design for the fitting out of a large scale residential and care complex in Beijing. The complex accommodates well over 1,000 residents, mainly in the 55+ age group.
Safety, security, human scale, orientation (through the use of colour) and space for interaction are the leading themes on which the design is based. The large-scale residential and care complex consists of several smaller, intimate residential units spread over 6 wings of 5 floors each. The residential units each differ in terms of their housing program. Self-catering, cared for, nursed and dementia have a colour and atmosphere that suits the program.
The wings are on the ground floor accessed by a central ‘village street’ and various (lift) halls. Collective – care-related – facilities, situated along this ‘village street’, provide liveliness and orientation. They form a sequence of open and semi-open spaces. For the residents, activities such as calligraphy, music, dance and ballet, yoga, games, thinking sports, cooking lessons, and a library and a teahouse are housed here. A swimming pool, gym and wellness – all facilities for sports recreation and physical care – are located at -1 level.