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How do you usually imagine a nursing home? Sometimes we don’t give much thought about this, unless you have someone you know living in a nursing home, but if I stop and think about an ideal nursing home, I imagine it as a warm, cozy and familiar space. I imagine it to be almost like a resort where you can simply rest and live the good life in a harmonious and happy place. A place where you can actually get help if needed. A place that feels like “home” and a place where you don’t have to take care of everything and have some well-deserved peace of mind. That’s how an “ideal” nursing home should be, in my opinion. Portuguese architects Francisco Aires Mateus and Manuel Aires Mateus had quite a different vision than I. For them, a nursing home is edgy and ultra-modern.

The architects wanted to create a place that acted like a home, a hotel and even as a hospital, depending of the client’s needs. In this very unique home, the elderly can find privacy and also a social life. The interiors are also very, very minimal. It’s all white, with white and gray marble floors. The communal areas have Artemide Castore Suspension lighting.

One thing I can assure you, there’s nothing “traditional” about this place. Take a look.

(“Dialogue” added by my husband! He simply had to give his opinion on this “Cool or Fool”! I think it’s pretty funny.).



You’re able to walk on the roof. Should you really build something like this at a nursing home?

Henry’s daughter: “Where’s Henry?”

Worker: “He’s on the roof.”

Henry’s daughter: “OMG! NOOOOOO!”


Lots to think about…

Henry: “Dagnabbit, I remember when entrances were easy to find. Kids these days, I tell ya!”


Each room has a private balcony facing the yard.

Little Susie: “Mommy, why does Grandpa’s new building look like a bunch of caskets stacked on top of each other?”


An overview of the project.

Project Manager: “If it doesn’t take off, we can rent it out as a filming location for prison movies.”


Beautiful architecture.

Henry: “I keep telling them there is a huge sideways face looking at me every time I go outside, but nobody believes me!”

Black & White

Big contrast between these two buildings.

Henry: “The black building? Oh, that’s where Darth Vader is living out his years.”


Do you think a place modern like this one can actually make older people feel rejuvenated since it’s something fresh and new?

Henry: “Everybody knows that older people love change, so this modern nursing home is perfect for us!” </end sarcasm>


The building look even more interesting with the lights on. So pretty.

Henry: “That light! Every night I see this bright white light emanating inside my white room. I never know if I’m dying or getting ready for bed.”


Very neutral.

Henry: “You know who likes this retirement home? My damn kids. They find bland interesting for some reason.”


The interiors are very minimalist but it’s done with beautiful materials.

Henry: “WHY COULDN’T THEY BOUGHT SOME CHAIRS??? In my day, we always had chairs, dammit!!”


I think you can transform this space into a space of your own, after you move in. But honestly, I think this is way too cold and even depressing. A nursing home should be the opposite of it. It should feel happy and have some vibrant colors. I simply cannot see myself in a room like this one. It’s lifeless.

Sales Agent: “And here we have your mortu…err, room.”


Furniture, people. What about some console tables and a couple of benches?

Developer: “We’re in the red on this project!”

Project Manager: “Well, there’s one thing we can still do to fix that.”

Developer: “What?”

Project Manager: “Return all the furniture and pass it off as some minimalist trendy nonsense.”

Developer: “Brilliant! “


Obviously, this garden has a long way to actually look like a garden. They seem to be minimalist even in the garden.

Henry: “Little did I know that the thing I would die from would be boredom.”

What makes me post this place on “Fool or Cool” is the fact that, even though I can admire the architecture of this building, I wonder if this is an ideal place for an elderly person to live. Does it feel “homey” enough? Does it feel more like a hospital than a nursing home or should we be more open-minded about spaces like this one?

Should a nursing home be this modern? What do you think? Is this place “Cool or Fool” to be a nursing home?

What are your plans for this weekend? After a very busy week, I hope to slow down a bit, spend some great time with my family and do some research for next week. I hope the weather is good so we can get out of the house. Nothing is better than going to a park for a stroll and breathing some fresh air, especially after a long winter.

I hope you have a great weekend, that you can enjoy these couple of days with people that bring positive things to your life and make you smile. Is there anything better than being with someone that you can laugh out loud with? Share moments of laughter with someone during this weekend.

See you back here on Monday! 🙂


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Source: Yatzer, FG+SG Architectural Photography, Aires Mateus Architects.

* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. OMG….Luciane is this an April fools joke? I cannot believe it, I would never be able to put my beloved parents away in a “white marble box” like this…..it is so sterile, cold and anything but welcoming, inviting, warm and cozy. Its tramautic enough they are having to leave the confines of their most percious possession, their home and go to a strange place..this is cruel. I don’t like it one bit…FOOL for sure!
    Weekend…..going see Jane Eyre tonight, dinner plans, see my son in the city and an all day lacrosse match..whoppee! Enjoy yours.

  2. I laughed out loud at your text. Very funny. Fool.
    It needs landscaping among other things. Very

  3. Haha I loved the commentary! I think the concept is cool, but I really think they missed the mark on a functional design!

  4. Definitely April Fool’s! Ultra modern juxtaposed with the demographic… I’m not feeling it!
    Have a great weekend Luciane. Looking forward your next week’s posts 🙂 xo Sheila

  5. Michele said,

    omg. fool. where in the h*** did you find this bizarre place to live out one’s golden years? your commentary is NUTS. i think the bun in the oven is affecting you in awesomely good ways!

    no i don’t want to be sent here. no i don’t want to inform my parents they’ll be “living” here. and frankly, the thought of orderlies pounding me and stealing my good shampoo is putting me in a mood!


    love to you, sugar.


  6. Fool. Although, if Frank Lloyd Wright were alive and old today, he might kinda like it. 🙂

  7. Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said,

    What the depressing hell? Made my day! Thanks for the laugh!!!

  8. Robyn said,

    Nursing home? Fool. Your husband’s comments: Completely Cool. My hubby and I were loling over them. Genius!

  9. Thank you, Robin!

    I’ll make sure to tell my husband about your comment. 🙂 I love his sense of humor! 🙂

    And yes, I also would go with “Fool” for a nursing home like this. That’s why I like “Cool or Fool”, so we can see some unconventional “things” out there.

    Thank you for your comment!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  10. Tereza said,

    Oi, Luciane!
    Fool, com certeza, frio e depressivo e em completo desacordo com a geração a que é destinado.
    Gostei do seu bom humor.

  11. Carol Maryott said,

    This is beyond depressing ! I am guessing April Fools
    Day. Thanks for the post- I think? Have a great weekend Lucianne !

  12. designchic said,

    I’m feeling a little cold and depressed…at least it feels clean. Definitely fool for me. Happy Friday and hope your weekend is wonderful Luciane!!

  13. Sherri @ Inside Out Design said,

    I hope it’s an April Fool’s joke.. that is terrible! Besides the obvious, can you imagine trying finding your room? I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing and fun-filled weekend Luciane – that is what I am aiming for 😉
    xo Sherri

  14. Karen said,

    Well, after my 2nd clinical in long term care, I can say the rooms are missing tracts for ceiling lifts, and where are the wheel chairs? Hmmm…seems like a rooming house of some sort and not a nursing home to me….this place does not model the “Eden concept” at all….so I would have to vote FOOL. 😉

  15. Kristin said,

    Hi Luciane! I actually think this is very cool, but as you said for elderly people it not suitable. How can an older person like this. They don’t like minimalism at all 😮 I’m so enjoying this weekend! I finally have some time to spend with my beloved computer and later all 4 of us are going out for some shopping and we’ll of course visit a little cafe so I can have my favourite capuccino! Hope you have an absolutely beautiful weekend!


  16. Meera @ firstsense said,

    Hilarious commentary! I was chuckling throughout!!

    My vote also is fool. This place is so stark, characterless, cold and soulless, no place to live out the golden years.

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, darling.

    Meera xx

  17. Mandi Smith T said,

    Your posts are absolutely fascinating. So enjoying your blog! M.

  18. Carrie @ Hazardous Design said,

    Oh no! I feel so bad for the people who have to live there. 100% fool.

  19. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said,

    Luciane, I loved your funny commentary but I so dislike this home. Could it be any more cold or unwelcoming?

  20. Jessica Tibbits said,

    Fool! Gods waiting room.


    hi Lucieane
    mmm enough to make them want to jump OFF the roof
    Lunacy ! enjoyed your comments though !! lots of love fay xx

  22. Manderley said,

    I don’t like nothing. It’s too much cold…

  23. PriscilaPetersDecor said,

    It does not feel homey at all!

  24. Cheryl said,

    Way too institutional… are we trying to depress the seniors now in what should be their golden days? I jokingly threaten my parents about the home they’ll end up in if they’re not good to me… you’ve given me a new way to scare them! (Rest assured they’ll be well taken care of when the time comes. I’m the lucky one who got the best parents in the history of the world.)

  25. AprilMoon said,

    Cool place for younger people, it’s too cold a place for older folks. Older people would need more trees and stuffs. But I do like the concept in a way. Cheers!

  26. Mauro said,

    It would actually be a good Idea to ask the elderly people who live there what they think of it. If architects only design what the main stream concept of cosy is… what a boring place this would be.
    You should also bear in mind that portuguese people from the south prefer white materials for their houses. Cool + higiene reasons. Cheers

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