Marge Arkitekter completes ew nursing home for 40 residents in south of Sweden
Partnergruppen is a private care operator that aim to focus on the residents and their family in the final stage of life. Norra Vram is their first example of a new nursing home where the built environment reflect their ideology. Spatial questions concerns scale, visual contact between residential and common spaces and how to integrate greenery as a health component.
The nursing home in Norra Vram consists of a late19th century Mansion that’s been rebuilt and extended, in total 2,500 sq m. The volumes are designed to invoke old Swedish farms, and to complement other homes in the neighbourhood. A couple of mews are placed next to each other and in the space between them interior courtyards are situated. The small green gardens allow residents with medical conditions to enjoy time outdoors by themselves. The volumes are plastered in different colours, picking up the shades in the red brick of the existing Mansion.
Interior, the first impression is a spacious and welcoming entrance area. This is a flexible space for gatherings with a reception, a library and a small espresso bar. From here you reach three wards - one for short time staying, one for people with dementia and one for people with physically and mentally impaired ability. All residential rooms are organised adjacent to a communal living room or a green court yard. In that way, long corridors are minimised on behalf of more stimulating meeting places and focal points. The different wards are connected with each other which makes it possible to walk around, a necessity for people with dementia.
In order to create a more contemporary environment and to avoid the sense of elderly care institution Norra Vram refer to spaces that more represent private and public spheres in our daily life. These spaces are the home in combination with spaces like the library, the coffee shops or the hotel.