Gradations of Publicness

Can a building provide parents and their new-borns a gradual (re)introduction to public life?

The maternity care hotel is supposed to be a safe haven. A place where all the distractions and incentives of everyday life are excluded. It is a deliberate choice for some parents-to-be to withdraw from society for a short while. The bunker is the ideal typology to offer maximum protection from the hectic outside world. Within the bunker one is safe to move around freely and comfortably in the serene cascaded landscape.

The birth of the baby is the start of a phased introduction to the world. A step by step exposing to the world’s incentives, from bed to city. First steps include sliding the bed into the associated garden, until finally one feels strong enough to leave the defined square in front of the gate.

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