Inspiration Space completes new green assisted nursing home in Novara
'I Tigli' is an assisted nursing home for the elderly who are no longer self-sufficient in the centre of Novara, a few kilometers from Milan, designed by Andrea Bella and Aldo Castelletta. The inauguration took place in February 2011, after just 24 months of work. The extremely clean design defines the image of the building. Geometrical elements match together, suggesting a rhythm in their interaction with each other.
The contrast between volumes, flat continuous surfaces and combined elements creates a bright scale of colour gradation. The different illumination of these parts gives the impression of a 'soft introduction' of the structure to the surrounding natural environment, with a perfect 'play of light'. The facades are coated with wood panels alternated with composite material elements, used to filter the sun rays. These protection elements become mobile in conjunction with the windows, sliding behind the facade panels. This feature clears the window surfaces and changes the design of the elevations.
The concept, the building technology and the materials chosen for the external facades are the result of an accurate study, aiming to create a functional design. Knowledge, style and the employment of advanced materials that are eco-compatible produce important energy saving outcomes. The combination of lights, shadows and natural colours, in combination with a perfect solar exposure, define the vitality of the structure sending a positive message the occupants of the building. The final effect is an architecture that lives; joining its own tones and shapes in perfect synergy with nature's rhythm.