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22 December 2021 Comments (0) Architecture, Culture, Environment, Other

Luxembourg: ecological and participatory co-living for seniors

Clustered housing is increasingly popular – and has more and more variants. Here is an initiative in full development that concerns only people of 50 years and older. This is a first in the Grand Duchy.

Villa Lorenz is located in the town of Lorentzweiler, in the canton of Mersch. The project consists of an existing house full of character to which a new wing will be added. This participatory eco-housing proposal for seniors combines high environmental standards and heritage. The new building was designed to meet the ecological, aesthetic and economic requirements of its future inhabitants. 

A common life, imagined in a group

The residents themselves decided on the main aspects of the project. During the design phase, they held several meetings to design the common spaces, choose the materials, discuss the principles of life in participatory housing, the criteria for selecting future inhabitants, internal regulations, etc. 

The energy performance of the 13 future apartments was obviously part of the discussions. The building will be entirely in wood, including the facade, and will be equipped with a heat pump, thermal solar panels and triple glazing on a wooden frame.

Villa Lorenz © Nouma / Codur

Villa Lorenz © Nouma / Codur

The ground floor will be at the heart of the community project. Ideal to organise workshops, conferences, concerts, exhibitions, all managed by the inhabitants themselves. 

This original development is the result of a collaboration between two Luxembourg companies: Nouma, specialising in participatory housing, and the developer Codur. 

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