This place is above all to be considered as a place to live to support elderly people in a situation of dependency (sometimes suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or degenerative diseases). This status undeniably builds the identity of these places in their organization, their functioning, their future. This establishment is intended to be open, in which specialized and qualified professionals are present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Professionals must be able to provide optimal multidisciplinary support, whether it involves very specific care or acts of daily life (meals, maintenance of the premises, etc.).
The architectural challenge is to find and maintain a balance between community life, obligations, rhythm and individual desire specific to each resident. There are also spaces representing an “in-between” and validating this search for balance between community life and respect for the subject in his intimacy and his private life; the family lounge is a good example. By making it possible to accommodate relatives in sufficient space and, at the same time, respecting the privacy of the moment with a closed place, these spaces guarantee the continuity of the resident’s family and personal life.

Strong points

  • Installation of the program elements in gradation of “intimacy” along a main axis, corresponding to the general circulation (the main entrance gives direct access to the heart of the establishment and independent access to the day reception; Adapted Activities and Care Division (“PASA”) are located further “behind”)
  • Reinforced Accommodation Unit (UHR), located on the 1st floor, benefiting from a large terrace and green spaces
  • Elevators, distributed in the central core of the building, serving each living unit
  • Organization in each resident’s room of a “night zone” and a “day zone” (desk with seat and armchair for reading or watching television, sockets adapted to the connections necessary for the use of new technologies)
  • Bathrooms equipped with floor drain, sliding door, multiple grab bars and allow the insertion of a shower seat
  • Architecture of the electrical network of the rooms designed to allow subsequent equipment, according to residents’ needs, with home automation devices (control of the motorized door, lighting, blackout curtain, television, telephone)


The HQE approach of this operation was guided by the specifications of the regional council “environmental quality of the building”.