The following work suggests to revitalise the Filanda Nuova, a spinning factory in Spilimbergo (Friaul-Julisch Venetien, Italien), by a redevelopment of the existing building combined with new structures. The reasoning proceeds from the following two main questions: Why provide specific habitation for the elderly? How to ensure quality of such habitation for the elderly? Accomodation, service and care should all contribute to a better quality of living. For many people, the constraint of having to share one-s room, and the gradual disappearance of privacy, follow the entry in a retirement home. In this respect, a certain preservation of atmosphere should be the goal, so the apartments should represent a new home for the elderly, instead of barely a new room. Meeting other individuals, from different generations, and spending time together, is an important feature in the life of an aging person. Convenient spaces should be created to this aim. Eventually, their location should reflect their role as centres of social coexistence, rather than represent an edge. In this process, a public character is confered to the existing parts of the Filanda Nuova in Spilimbergo, while the new construction is designed according to the needs of its future residents, a socially integrated grandparents- generation.