In the past, we treated the elderlies as patients and provided care collectively. We excluded them from daily activities. Now we let them bring their memories of home into the decoration of their room and living room and into daily dining. We transform the management pattern of healthcare providers into living and cooking with the elderlies. The objective is to extend the elderly’s memories of life and home.
Setting out from the concept of units (units of room, units of living space and units of floor), considering their perception of dimension, degree of identification and feeling of belonging, we rationally planned the dimension, material, lighting and interaction between each unit for different units to maintain the original life pattern and social interaction of the elderlies.
The rationale of design for this project is to simply provide the basis of space and spatial configuration. Our hope is the space itself is a supporting role whereas the elderlies living here are the main characters. Let the residents define the space. Let the residents bring their decorations, pictures or even furniture from home into this space. Allow them to extend their spatial memories of home and in turn create the feeling of belonging and identity so they can settle down with peace of mind.