Client: Seniorenhaus GmbH der Cellitinnen zur hl. Maria
The extension to St. Gertrud senior citizens' residence, which initially opened in 2005, comprises five storeys. The project enables the senior residents to participate in urban life and offers all services required to provide assisted living. The light-coloured clinker brick facade, the set-offs in the cubature of the volume and the platform roof give the residential building its unique character. The 17 barrier-free apartments are built to luxury standard. The residential building has its own stairwell and lift and features a connecting link to the main senior citizens building as well as an in-house restaurant on the ground floor. Two large openings, each with a state-of-the-art "intarsia" designed using three-dimensionally formed metal plates, are built into the mostly closed facade that faces Kölnstrasse, which is in reference to the historic church window from St. Peter Julian parish church that was installed above the entrance to the inner courtyard of the senior citizens' residence. These perforated surfaces allow light to illuminate the stairwell but restrict the view from outside. Generous loggias have been cut into the southern facade facing the garden.
Winner "Fritz-Höger-Brick-Award 2014"
Photos: Christa Lachenmaier, Cologne, Germany