Surprising Senior-Centric Shelter

Resident adjusting hat in front of building

I’ve (sort of) featured housing for the elderly before, and the project above also belongs in that  narrow territory of surprising, senior-centric shelters that look, well, stunning. The projectis situated in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, where it was designed by Aires Mateus and photographed by FG+SG. You may have seen the photography of FG+GS before, they’ve photographed numerous Alvaro Siza projects along with many projects featured on architecture übersite Arch Daily.

I particularly like the photographs with people in them. Not only because people help relate the mass of the project to human proportions, but also because the folks featured provide a nice antidote to the geometrically-severe attitude of the building.  Is the project about being young and hip, or does it have more to do with being young-at-heart for the weak-at-hip?


February 9, 2011