First publised in Yatzer (March 10, 2011) by Marcia Argyriades..☛..Up until this day, when we think of nursing homes we would never bring such an image like the one that follows to mind! Portuguese Aires Mateus Architects bring a new style to the architectural design of a nursing home in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal; the architects designed the project according to an attentive and thoughtful reading of the way of life of a very particular community, the elderly, who live in a kind of micro-society with its own needs, rules and values. This luxury nursing home with the ultra-modern design acts as a hotel and a hospital for the elderly; Aires Mateus Architects looked for a reinterpretation of the program where a combination of social and/or private would be provided for the residents. The need of a social life for the elderly visitors was responded, and at the same time of solitude. Independent unities aggregate into a unique body, whose design is expressive and clear.