Meeting is the central theme in the intergenerational "Kolpinghaus Gemeinsam leben" in the Viennese district of Leopoldstadt. The foyer is generously sized and has many seating options, which encourage the residents to communicate with each other. The private rooms of the residents are reached via corridors, which are wide enough to stop for a chat.
Living that spans generations
The establishment is designed as a multi-generation project. In addition to people in need of care, it offers single mothers and their children, who live in difficult social situations, a place of refuge. Where possible the women are integrated into the operations so that they acquire permanent work.
The house also has an apartment for people who want to live as independently as possible as they age. These apartments are available to anyone who wants to live in a barrier-free environment - care services can be booked when necessary. Common events are intended to bring the different generations together in a community.
Living and functionality
The guiding principle of the house is "Customized support" - this principle is reflected in the interior outfitting. There is a 'meeting zone', designed with large seating corners, in the middle of every floor. Warm colors and the application of many wood elements create a cozy atmosphere that contributes to a sense of well-being. For instance, the handrails and impact protection in the halls are made from wood.
The rooms of the residents are a place of retreat. They are outfitted depending on the needs of the resident. The rooms are equipped in such a way that they provide as much support as necessary and correspond to the guiding principle mentioned above.
Barrier-free bathrooms encourage independence.
LifeSystem from HEWI was utilized in the bathrooms. Supporting fold-down handles on the washbasin and toilet provide stability and support movement sequences. The shower has its own rail system. This provides the advantage of being used both as a stable support option as well as for hanging a shower seat onto if needed. Everything in the bathroom is designed in such a way that it can easily be used by people in wheelchairs. The height of the washbasin can be adjusted, the toilet has a back support, and there is a supporting fold-down handle with two handle levels also mounted there, which makes it easier to shift from the wheelchair to the toilet.
Architect Engineer Otto Häuselmayer