Kvernaland

Most people want to live in their own homes, also when they need care and nursing services. However, it might be necessary to move, and therefore we have focused on creating a good transition to this new housing situation by combining "the feeling of home" and a climate of “safeness and security” in a clear and personalized frame.

The care center Kvernaland is inspired by the beautiful surrounding nature, and it has been important to utilize the strategic location and create varied and exciting outdoor areas. In this process, we have tried to facilitate outdoor spaces with comfortable and exciting transitions from the home, to the terrace, out into the garden, and further into the open landscape.

Program: Elderly Housing
Size: 4200 m2
Location: Kvernaland, Norway
Client: Time Municpality
Year: 2012
Type: Invited competition
Collaborators: Asplan Viak
Status: Completed
Team JAJA: Jakob S. Christensen, Jan Tanaka, Kathrin Gimmel, Ingvild Roalsø, Inger Marit Skogstad

Natural Surroundings

The care centre is placed in beautiful surroundings and the building is carefully nestled into the landscape to maximize the orientation and access to the surrounding lakes and rivers. The building is organised around a central shared facility with arms meandering into the landscape creating several intimate garden openings into the surrounding landscape.

Natural Surroundings

The care centre is placed in beautiful surroundings and the building is carefully nestled into the landscape to maximize the orientation and access to the surrounding lakes and rivers. The building is organised around a central shared facility with arms meandering into the landscape creating several intimate garden openings into the surrounding landscape.

Human Scale

To emphasize the community scale of the housing units the clusters are shifted and rotated to create variations and spatial sequences both inside and outside. The roofs are inspired by the surrounding context with pitched roofs that gives associations to residences and the sense of ‘home’. They are oriented in two different directions giving an intimate and varied housing community in harmony with its surroundings.

Human Scale

To emphasize the community scale of the housing units the clusters are shifted and rotated to create variations and spatial sequences both inside and outside. The roofs are inspired by the surrounding context with pitched roofs that gives associations to residences and the sense of ‘home’. They are oriented in two different directions giving an intimate and varied housing community in harmony with its surroundings.

Community Scales

Going from institutions to community housing, the scaling is also reflected in the spatial organisation and organisation of clusters. Here each house represents one group of residents organised around a common living room shared between two houses, creating a house with several community scales from the private, living room to the shared functions in the main house.

Community Scales

Going from institutions to community housing, the scaling is also reflected in the spatial organisation and organisation of clusters. Here each house represents one group of residents organised around a common living room shared between two houses, creating a house with several community scales from the private, living room to the shared functions in the main house.

Biomaterials

The load-bearing elements, cladding, and indoor interior are all made of wood. Besides its sustainable qualities, the wood gives a warm and intimate living quality with a good indoor climate and beautiful and pleasant surfaces to live in.

Biomaterials

The load-bearing elements, cladding, and indoor interior are all made of wood. Besides its sustainable qualities, the wood gives a warm and intimate living quality with a good indoor climate and beautiful and pleasant surfaces to live in.