Modern barrier-free sanitary system in Bischofshofen retirement home

South of Salzburg, where the Berchtesgaden Alps rise behind the community of Bischofshofen, the retirement home stands at the foot of a gently rising slope. The retirement home, planned and implemented by the Salzburg architectural firm Kofler, runs along this elevation in a north-south direction. The planners are using an innovative barrier-free sanitary system from HEWI here. 

Photographer: Angelo Kaunat

Compact architecture with homogeneous facade design

The Bischofshofen retirement home sees itself as a place to be at home. Where people want to live in a harmonious community, the homogeneously designed façade of the building visually takes up the idea with its uniform color scheme and a regularly designed façade pattern.

Checkerboard-like appear arrangements of windows and entrances. Viewed from close up, outstanding bay windows set visual accents. They serve as a bright seating area for the residents and are designed as a weather-protected balcony replacement.

The narrow building block is designed as an elongated, compact structure and leaves generous space at the front for a leisure area, which was designed as a recreational space according to the guidelines of Far Eastern Feng Shui.

Economy and efficiency were naturally at the center of the planning, and with a heating system for pellets, the new building set standards in the region in terms of sustainable energy supply.

Photographer: Susanne Reisenberger-Wolf

The extension: expanding the concept to include bright, modern living spaces for today's seniors

In 2020, the retirement home expanded its capacity with an extension: 24 nursing rooms for residents and a center for twelve day guests opened their doors. On the third and fourth floors, 16 rental apartments for assisted living offer a new home.

The barrier-free spaces vary between living areas of 46 to 64 square meters. Each residential unit offers a modern kitchen and is designed barrier-free. In total, the retirement home now offers 1116 square meters of living space. The concept of sustainable energy generation, which was already introduced in the first building, is continued in the new building with a photovoltaic system on the roof.

The new building was realized in a construction period of 18 months. In lighter tones, the facade continues the regularity of the homogeneous exterior facade of the old building and blends seamlessly into the overall picture. Clear lines dominate the exterior as well as the interior: This creates visual structure and orientation. The interiors together with the sanitary rooms take up the bright, clear and visible color and line design of the exterior and continue it in every room.


Modern sanitary solutions in the barrier-free premises

Hygiene, ease of care and durability are decisive factors in the planning and furnishing of objects in the healthcare sector. In the bathrooms, a modern barrier-free sanitary system from HEWI was selected in the form of System 900 in stainless steel.

Stainless steel has a non-porous and therefore particularly hygienic surface. Minimal maintenance is sufficient to prevent dirt or microorganisms from accumulating.

The sanitary series is complemented by barrier-free washbasins that feature ergonomically shaped grab bars. Due to their flat design, they can be used while standing as well as sitting. The grab handles are also suitable for hanging towels.

Purposeful and diverse project buildings: the architectural team kofler architects

Since 1987 kofler architects from Salzburg have been implementing a wide variety of different projects. The range of realizations extends from residential buildings to senior citizens' homes and company kindergartens to event spaces or the Hallein district administration. In the process, the practicality and efficiency of the buildings are combined with the demands made on livability - in the case of buildings for senior citizens and residential buildings - or on transparency and openness - in the case of public office buildings. Individual yet functional, creative yet cost-covering, the buildings present themselves in their respective surroundings, carefully fitted in by the appropriate facade design. Consideration is given both to historical building styles in the immediate vicinity and to natural features such as the region's alpine landscaping, to which the building design is constantly adapted in terms of appearance and organization.

Photographer: HEWI

Photographer: HEWI

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