Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

The concept for the residential care home Donaustadt is based on an extensive program of the City of Vienna to react timely and functionally to current demographic conditions by establishing adequate public healthcare institutions.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

Not a medical institution in the conventional sense is provided in the northern side of the city, but housing for users who due to their age or illness are facing special spatial requirements. The guiding idea for the extension of the residential care home Donaustadt encloses a re-organisation of urbanistic conditions, which increases the use and quality of the surrounding public spaces.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

The solid and clear outer aspect finds its continuation in the interior of the building through the constant application of characteristic materials. Manifold situations with a certain urban quality are provided for in the interior of the building.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

These public spaces enable the inhabitants of the house to participate actively or passively in the community life. In combination with the specific furnishings, the use of these spaces can be individually adapted, the inhabitants have the choice, whether and in which form they want to engage with the other residents.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

Circumferential loggias offer a direct contact with the outside world. The two inner courtyards with mobile art installations bring forth an additional visual stimulus.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

The layering of partly mobile wood, glass and textile elements forming surrounding loggia ranges at the façades was established in favour of a highly cost optimised energy balance. The individual use of these spaces leads to a visible change of the façade and imparts a lively aspect to the shaped form.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

Variable free spaces consisting of terraces, different garden zones with outdoor furnishing and paths, follow the architectural concept of engaging the users. An easily accessible central service centre was created with consideration of the surrounding public circulation.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

With this approach to designing hospitals, this project demonstrates a positive link between the privacy of the everyday living within a geriatric centre and the surrounding city life outside. Source of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Photo © Christian Brandstaetter

Location: Vienna, Austria
Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Consortium: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects / Vasko + Partner Ingenieure: ZT GmbH
Project manager: Bernd Heger, Daniela Hensler
Project Team: Christian Gross, Christian Schrepfer, Christoph Haas, Anja Vogl, Philip Beckmann, Martin Kleindienst, Marina Kolloch, Michael Lohmann, Felix Lohrmann, Eva Schrade, Manuela Walkner, Lars Madsen, Robert Tzscheutschler
Structural Engineering, Building Services, Fire protection, Building Physics, Cost Management, Implementation Planning, Local Construction Supervision: Vasko + Partner Engineers, Medical Engineering DI Elisabeth Mandl, Vienna / General Medical, Consultancy ZT GmbH, DI Weiss
Landscape Planning: Rajek Barosch Landschaftsarchitektur
Logistics Process Design Consultants: DI Micheli GmbH
Lighting Design: Hailight Lichtplanung
Traffic Planning: Rosinak & Partner
Kitchen Planning: Fritsch GmbH
Control System: Lenz&Mönkemöller, Helga Innerhofer
Surveying: Eckharter ZT
Net floor area: 26.271 m2, Gross floor area 44.136 m2
Gross surface area (remodelling): 33.300 m2
Gross surface area (new construction): 10.800 m2
Year: 11/2014
Photographs: Christian Brandstaetter, Courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
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Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Level 01 Floor Plan
Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
Level 02 Floor Plan
Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna
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