Why later living and care?
The challenges we face as designers are vast in creating later living environments that are welcoming, friendly, inclusive and well-connected to their surroundings. I believe that communication is critical. The way we communicate and share stories, memories or just a laugh is vital in including people in the process. Using technology to enhance and encourage social interactions at all ages, but especially in later life, is also essential in creating the best possible outcomes.
For me, architecture is more about the journey of collaboration and testing of ideas than simply the outcome of the built environment, regardless of the size or complexity of the project. The Green at Tarragindi or Galleon Gardens at Currumbin, which are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of later living typology and the scale of buildings, both represented fulfilling journeys with the various resident groups, clients, and stakeholders. I remember this part of the projects most fondly and consider it as important as the outcome.
Life3A is uniquely positioned to provide tangible solutions that are based on years of design, research and development within the later living sector. We believe in a holistic approach to creating the best possible environment. A crucial part in achieving this is open communication at levels and stakeholders throughout the design process – we are here to work collaboratively and innovatively with our clients.