Åsaheimen Nursing Home, Åsane, Bergen, Norway: Photo Tour
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: With its large windows, the main entrance is open and welcoming. The windows have a dual purpose of bringing the scenic outdoor life in as well as displaying life inside of the building from the outside, extending a warm welcome when visitors and staff enter the building.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: The aluminum façades are divided into vertical grids with a 2.6-foot distance between profiles. The width of the windows varies with single and double-grid spacing.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Glass façades help bring natural light into the Heart Zone, which is designed to be a gathering space for residents.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: The meeting room adjacent to the vestibule has a kitchen and can be rented out by residents for private parties. The use of solid wood is contrasted with the art wallpaper created by American artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young. The duo, Fallen Fruit, use intense colors and imagery of fruit and flowers which give life to a space.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Local artist Kari Aasen has created the wall art behind the main staircase where she dipped leaves, cones, and flowers in porcelain clay and coated with gold.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: For the interior of the nursing home, emphasis is placed in natural materials, combined with concrete and glass. The use of solid wood creates intuitive wayfinding. For example, the main staircase in the Heart Zone is built in solid wood.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Colorful art wallpaper created by American artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young (known as Fallen Fruit) is used in the entrance area. The wallpaper forms the basis for the building’s color palette which includes hues of green and orange.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: The kitchen is an inviting space with natural light, timber, pops of color, and bright artwork used throughout the rest of nursing home. Residents also have direct access to a large balcony and often participate in cooking.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Warm earth tones such as dark beige and exposed concrete are featured in the administration offices.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Åsaheimen's hair salon has large windows facing the entrance in the north.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: In the residential areas, some walls are exposed solid wood, while others are painted in warm colors including pale green. Built-in benches invite you to take a break or have a chat.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Windows at the end of all corridors provide daylight and easier orientation.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: Resident rooms have solid wood both in the ceiling and on one wall for a homey and cozy atmosphere. Large, low-set windows provide views of the pine forest.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: The four buildings of the nursing home are placed within the landscape to provide optimal natural light and scenic views. Different colors were used for the buildings to reinforce a natural blending with the surroundings.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home: The various heights of the buildings are adapted to the site’s terrain while the placement of each building ensures short walking distances between the four buildings.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home, Åsane, Bergen, Norway
Åsaheimen Nursing Home was built on a hill in the center of Åsane, Bergen, on the southwest coast of Norway and comprises 100 resident rooms, large common spaces, and outdoor areas.
The skilled nursing home offers space for 100 residents with dementia and other diseases that cause deterioration in cognitive function.
The goal was to deliver the project using Lean, universal design, and BREEAM Excellent certification for sustainability strategies, including ample natural light and views of the surrounding nature.
Maximizing the site
The community is organized in four buildings that are situated to adapt within the landscape, creating a variety of outdoor spaces including small gardens and outdoor social areas. Varying in height and color, the buildings give the impression of multiple smaller buildings existing in harmony, rather than one large complex.
The exterior façades are designed to be low maintenance, playful, and transparent. This is achieved by using metal cladding, and timber details in the outdoor ceilings, entrance areas, and window placements.
Each buildings houses 10 private residential units and a communal space around a central core. The layout is slightly different in each building to adapt to the light conditions and surrounding views.
Creating communal space for seniors
The four buildings are connected by a central hub known as the “Heart Zone.” Warm materials, integrated artwork, comfortable furniture, and a selection of lighting and plants help create a cozy and sensory-rich atmosphere, while large windows flood the space with natural light and provide calming views of the garden and nearby woods.
The Heart Zone’s outdoor spaces such as balconies, gardens, and a large, partially covered rooftop terrace are also easily accessible.
Creating a homelike setting in resident rooms
The residents’ rooms are designed to feel bright and homelike, with floor-to-ceiling windows, natural materials, and a calming color palette. The entrance to each residential unit houses a wardrobe for residents and visitors to hang their coats.
Additional spaces in the community include bright and contemporary staff meeting rooms and offices; dedicated rooms for residents to have appointments with a doctor, dentist, and hairdresser; and several activity rooms.
Åsaheimen Nursing Home project details
Location: Åsane, Bergen, Norway
Completion date: December 2022
Owner: Bergen municipality
Total building area: 114,097 sq. ft.
Total construction cost: $35 million
Cost/sq. ft.: $309/sq. ft.
Architect: Nordic Office of Architecture
Interior designer: Nordic Office of Architecture/Norconsult
General contractor: Skanska