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?