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Schwanenhof Residential Complex

The Schwanenhof Residential Complex is the new center of the village of Eichstetten am Kaiserstuhl. The ground floor accommodates all key businesses that sell products for the villagers’ every-day needs. The wine tasting bar of the local vintner’s association and the meeting rooms of the village’s civic community are also located in the building.

The architectural concept

“Whenever people are no longer able to keep up with the demands of life, life will simply have to meet them halfway.” – Wolfgang Frey

Guest rooms, rental apartments and 18 serviced senior residences occupy the top floors of the building. The road-facing siding sports the re-constructed historic village façade. Besides a traditional ambiance, modern features are also evident in the generous glass front, which establishes a link between the residents on the inside and nature out-of-doors (in the form of a garden).

The residential complex is home to aging seniors and local residents who do not want to leave their home village. Young families and individuals who need nursing care assistance occupy the apartments, which are positioned around a large roof garden. The arcade structure creates an inviting public space.

The Schwanenhof Residential Complex is a protected living space, where people have the option to receive intensive nursing care. The small unit of apartment groups does not provide an anonymous secluded home atmosphere, but gives residents the feeling of being in their personal homes.

Typology
Commercial, Health + Social Affairs, Residential
Location
Eichstetten am Kaiserstuhl, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Characteristics
two floors
Ecologic features
in-house combined heat and power (CHP)
Completion
1996

Pictures

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