Dominique Coulon and Associates, a French architecture firm, designed a nursing home and home for dependent elderly people that eschews the sterility that such a facility often carries with it. Rather than looking like a slightly more homey hospital, Dominique Coulon's design uses color and shape to blend into its rural setting.
Built in Orbec, a tiny village in the heart of the Normandy bocage, the pale green complex blends seamlessly into the pale fields that make up the pastoral region, providing it with a tranquility that befits its purpose. Though the building's shape is erratically modern, this green facade allows it to have a minimal impact on the surrounding landscape.
Not to be overcome with serenity, though, the interior foyer of the building is painted bright red, offering a jolt that enlivens the facility.