[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] The new St Anne’s Home in Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London for the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international Hospitaller Order of nuns who care for the elderly poor, was completed earlier this year at a cost of £25 million
The new home provides dual care nursing and elderly accommodation together with apartments for the more able within an independent living environment. It also includes convent accommodation for the Sisters, together with a large chapel, auditorium, café and shops as well as facilities for arts and crafts, hairdressing and a library.
The architects say: ‘For the Sisters, building a new home always represents a chance to express their developing vision and desire to meet the aspirations of the elderly poor today and in providing an opportunity to express their essential philosophy to say, “Yes” to life, with vigour and vitality. This relationship demanded trust and a particular form of collaboration to enable the smallest of needs to be addressed and incorporated to make the design truly effective. From the very beginning the Sisters embraced the initial design concepts to break the mould and create a building which celebrates care for the elderly with imagination and evocative form.
‘With its curvaceous forms, corridors and spaces, it fuses the material world with the work of generating creative, calming and serene spaces in which to inspire, lead and safeguard the elderly and infirm. The sweeping curves sparkle in the reflective changing natural light that permeates the inner spaces to form a dynamic that enhances and fosters a sense of mystery, discovery and tranquillity.’