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Moving façades
8/30/2012

“Getting old is part of life” – this is the city of Vienna’s geriatric care concept, which places great emphasis on social participation for older and care-dependent people. As does the new nursing home in Vienna’s Meidling district, planned and integrated into the city center by architectural firm Hermann & Valentiny und Partner.

Spread over five floors, the home houses 256 beds for those in need of round-the-clock care. All of the rooms boast spacious, barrier-free loggias, which have been built so as to form a walkway around the entire building on each floor. To protect the residents from direct sunlight and ensure their privacy, these loggias are enveloped in salmon-pink (RAL 3033) sliding and rotating shutters made of perforated aluminum by Colt International, which also serve to break up the building design.

The fixed and movable elements used here ensure that light and shadow interplay, bringing this concrete building to life. Each loggia is fitted with three four-wing sliding-folding shutters, two of which are fixed and one moveable, although some of the loggias boast six-wing shutters. All of these elements are uniform in size, measuring 680 millimeter in width and 2,300 millimeter in height. They are made of perforated aluminum panels, whose edges are folded over thrice all the way round, increasing their stability.

The upper edge of each shutter is attached to the concrete façade, where a timing belt is used to open and close them. The bottom edge is set in a track, which is in turn integrated into a rail, also designed by Colt International. A 230-volt motor allows each user to control their individual shutters as they wish, while the soft-start/soft-stop mechanism ensures that the shutters don’t make too much noise as possible when opening and closing.

The salmon-pink sliding and folding shutters by Colt International define the façades of Vienna’s latest nursing home, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The salmon-pink sliding and folding shutters by Colt International define the façades of Vienna’s latest nursing home, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The fixed and moveable façade elements define the building’s external appearance, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The sliding and folding shutters form a protective shroud that surrounds the loggias, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The loggias provide the residents with more space as well as a private, accessible outdoor area, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The sliding and folding shutters by Colt International are made of perforated aluminum panels, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The moveable sliding and folding shutters can be controlled from each of the nursing home’s rooms, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The new nursing home was designed by architectural firm Hermann & Valentiny und Partner, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The new geriatrics center is at the heart of Vienna, integrated into the city’s new Kabelwerk district, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna
The loggias form a walkway around the entire building, photo © Colt International GmbH | David Auner Photography, Vienna

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