"The building is designed for residents who can still live on their own and look after themselves. It faces the Kronengasse and the old center of Masans. At the rear is the existing old people's home, whose nursing facilities can be used as required.
The new building and the existing complex form a loose configuration, a kind of suburban ‘farmstead’ arranged around a spacious courtyard. Existing features, such as the low wall alongside the Kronengasse, a shed and a mighty lime tree, were incorporated into a new entrance situation, which now looks as if it had always been like that. The mood is informal and rural.
Throughout the complex, consisting of 21 apartments, a guest room and a staff room, all connected by external corridors, one can see evidence of the declared design objectives, i.e. the creation of a rural atmosphere in a suburban setting, the sensuous presence of the materials (a basic triad of exposed concrete, tufa and larchwood), and clarity and legibility of construction detail. We want the building to seem relaxed and informal, like a big ‘rock’ in the open expanses of a mountain landscape, expertly worked with precise, careful, perhaps even old-fashioned craftsmanship.
The apartments, although small, appear large, with bedroom doors which, when closed, seem to disappear into the built-in cupboards on either side. We want the inhabitants to feel at home, an impression enhanced by the use of elements which they recognize from their own lives in the surrounding villages: timber flooring that sounds hollow when you walk on it; wooden paneling on tufa walls; an integrated veranda protected from the wind; in a front corner of the wall, an oriel window with a view up the valley towards the evening sun; and the birchwood-clad kitchenette, a window through which one can see an inquisitive glance onto a private patio in the outdoor corridor or watch the comings and goings on the east side of the courtyard.
"The residents are welcome to furnish as they please their section of the large entrance porch to the east, which they overlook from their kitchen windows, and they make ample use of this opportunity. The sheltered balcony niches and the living room bow (bay) windows on the other side face west, up the valley, towards the setting sun". (font: dezeen.com).
"The cells are more like big pieces of furniture themselves since their volume and partitioning doesn't seem to touch the ceiling and floor. The rhythm created as the cells move in and out and the play between depth and surface make the cells appear like individual notes of a musical score". (font: Ludwig Abache)