To provide existing residents within the retirement village with more suitable accommodation to support their necessary increased levels of care due to cognitive and physical decline. Social and communal facilities were also proposed to promote social interactions enhancing residents’ wellbeing.
Modifying the physical environment of the retirement village, which was designed for independent seniors and developing it to suit the needs of residents who needed higher levels of care – rather than these residents seeking alternatives outside of the village.
The solution was to consolidate the apartment building into a 5 storey building form that follows the natural Using Using evidence-based design and coordinating with University of Stirling and Marchese Partners and Life3A assisted not only improve care facilities for those residents needing it, but also integrate private and public domains to encourage connectiveness with the existing village. The design helped to retain the social fabric of the community by including spaces for art, movement and memory through crafted architectural elements.
This design is a clear milestone in Life3A’s journey to combat ageism as it was included in the World Alzheimer Report of 2020 as one of the 84 case studies for good practice.