All the functions combined at the “Madeleine” site include a care home and future day centre (ASSAR projects) as well as an existing crèche and a Treatment Co-ordination Centre for children with motor handicaps. This multi-functional group is intended to create a multi-generational site open to the district with, as a direct link between these different institutions, a park called “a garden for all”. The care home and the day centre occupy the largest building in this group. Through its location, this building seeks to restructure the site by leaving sufficient free surface area to create this park/garden, providing recreational areas, paths, and walks, with a rich, varied planting.
Its architecture forms a part of the treatment project. The absence of corridors, the luminosity and presence of spaces for community living on each level, all invite an elderly person to take part in its everyday life, and, according to their capacities, in the various activities, and to recuperate as quickly as possible in an environment of quality, with an atmosphere of conviviality.
Following this philosophy, the plan of the “Madeleine” in the shape of a water drop consists of rooms for the residents around the periphery, a well-lit patio and connecting spaces of variable dimensions, opening onto numerous social and relaxation areas (sitting rooms, dining rooms, the kitchenette or central foyer, etc.). These connecting spaces all offer openings to the outside, a necessary contact, so that the resident’s life is always connected with the reality of that which surrounds them.
A residential nursing and care home with his garden.