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HEWI solutions in sustainable timber modular construction

The Jesuheim nursing home is picturesquely situated on a hill above the Austrian municipality of Lochau. The nursing home's historic building is currently undergoing modernisation. A temporary annex was built next to the facility for the residents to live in while the renovations are being carried out. Architects and operators have chosen HEWI solutions for the sanitary rooms in the individual residential units.

Photo Arch. DI Roland Wehinger

Sustainable architectural concept

The Jesuheim nursing home is located in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg in the municipality of Lochau. The facility is perched on a hill above the town and offers the residents a unique panoramic view over Lake Constance to the Swiss mountains.

Giving older people a meaningful life is the philosophy of the Jesuheim. The most important aspects are autonomy, privacy, independence and security for the residents. Comfortable sanitary solutions from HEWI support them in achieving this.

Photo Arch. DI Roland Wehinger

Minimalist architecture with clean lines

The building, which is steeped in history, was temporarily extended with an external annex located in the immediate vicinity of the main building. This is a two-storey building made of wooden modules. According to the designs of the architectural firm HK Architects the individual wooden modules of the extension will be placed on top of the renovated old building as a third and fourth storey after the renovation of the main building and will continue to be used as residential units.

Thanks to this innovative construction method, the Jesuheim nursing home is not only a pioneer in sustainable building, but will also be an architectural eye-catcher in the region when completed.

The extension relies on minimalist architecture with clear, straight lines and, when completed, a modern façade made of wood. The building therefore reflects current trends in architecture. The dark, natural façade blends in with Lochau's surrounding nature and creates a cosy atmosphere. Large windows flood the rooms with lots of daylight, allowing the residents to enjoy the unique view.

Innovative wood modules from Kaufmann Zimmerei und Tischlerei GmbH

Supporting residents with intelligent solutions from HEWI

Increasing safety in the event of restricted mobility - solutions from HEWI contribute to this. The extension made of wooden modules was equipped with HEWI sanitary solutions that increase the residents' independence and support them in their daily lives.

Angle handles of the sanitary series System 900 provide an optimum grip with vertically and horizontally arranged bars. With their design in matt polished stainless steel, they proivide the bathrooms in the retirement home a homely character.

The angled handles are combined with the folding support handles of the Series 805 Classic. Folding support handles are used for holding and supporting and are an indispensable aid at the toilet when strength decreases with age.

The variable length washbasin from HEWI offers a perfect fit for every bathroom, as the basic length of 850 mm can be extended up to 2800 mm. Integrated grab rails provide additional safety at the washbasin. In addition to this, the Jesuheim single-lever washbasin mixers enable simple and intuitive use.

HEWI products can be found in the shower area of the new nursing home building.. For example, shower rods including shower handrails from System 900 with special dimensions were used. In addition, the showers were equipped with shower thermostats from HEWI.

The Inhaus Handels GmbHopted for HEWI solutions due to the system concept in the sanitary planning. The individual series have been perfectly coordinated with each other. This creates a coherent design in the bathrooms of the Jesuheim nursing home.

Nursing home with innovative timber modular construction solution

The Jesuheim is being expanded in cooperation with Kaufmann carpentry and joinery GmbH . The company has focused on building with innovative wooden modules for over 20 years. The special feature of the wooden modules is the prefabrication of the individual rooms. The modules are delivered to the installation site ready for use and allow for quick assembly. This intelligent concept helps to make construction measures more cost-effective, efficient and of higher quality. The room modules allow flexible room design with closed modules for multi-storey buildings made of wood. It is now possible to build up to six storeys with the timber module construction method and even create large rooms such as classrooms.


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