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Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living

Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living

Architecture is constantly changing and adapting to new needs, which are linked to social, economic, technological, political, and demographic changes. In this sense, the aging population is one of the most outstanding changes of the 21st century: The increase in life expectancy and the decrease in fertility rates mean that the older population is increasingly numerous. How can architecture help to provide a better quality of life, promote the autonomy, dignity, and well-being of the elderly?

© Paul Ott© Petra Rainer© Eugeni Pons© René Rissland+ 31

This trend has led to thinking and redesigning many aspects of medical care, hospital design, and accessible cities. However, studies focused on the psychological well-being of the elderly population who live independently, show the negative effects of loneliness, social isolation, and difficulties in terms of self-care needs.

Architects can play an important role in addressing the source of this loneliness and dramatically help increase the quality of life for a part of the population that is often isolated. Living in retirement communities provides an opportunity for engagement and interaction as a way to start to get rid of this stigma and allow residents to retain their independence. The following examples illustrate how, through good design, it is possible to establish a community framework of mutual support.

Santa Rita Geriatric Center / Manuel Ocaña

Location: Menorca, Spain
Year: 2003

Cortesía de Manuel Ocaña
Cortesía de Manuel Ocaña
Cortesía de Manuel Ocaña
Cortesía de Manuel Ocaña

Houses for Elderly People in Alcácer do Sal / Aires Mateus

Location: Alcácer do Sal, Setúbal, Portugal
Year: 2010

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Location: Alcabideche, Cascais, Portugal
Year: 2012

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Day Center and Home for the Elderly of Blancafort / Guillem Carrera

Location: Blancafort, Tarragona, Spain
Year: 2013

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

Location: Graz, Austria
Year: 2014

© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

Kaze No Machi Miyabira / Susumu Uno/CAn + Met Architects

Location: Shobara, Japan
Year: 2014

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

Location: Couëron, Pays de la Loire, France
Year: 2014

© Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

Location: Nenzing, Vorarlberg, Austria
Year: 2014

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
© Petra Rainer
© Petra Rainer

Home for Dependent Elderly People and Nursing Home / Dominique Coulon & associés

Location: Orbec, Normandy, France
Year: 2015

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Residential Care Home Andritz / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

Location: Graz, Austria
Year: 2015

© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

Eltheto Housing and Healthcare Complex / 2by4-architects

Location: Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Year: 2015

Cortesía de 2by4-architects
Cortesía de 2by4-architects
Cortesía de 2by4-architects
Cortesía de 2by4-architects

Retirement and Nursing Home Wilder Kaiser / SRAP Sedlak Rissland + Dürschinger Architekten

Location: Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Sölllandl, Austria
Year: 2017

© René Rissland
© René Rissland
© René Rissland
© René Rissland

Housing for Elderly People in Huningue / Dominique Coulon & associés

Location: Huningue, Alsace, France
Year: 2018

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Nursing Home Extension / Studiolada

Location: Lorraine, Vaucouleurs, Meuse, France
Year: 2018

© Ludmilla Cerveny
© Ludmilla Cerveny
© Ludmilla Cerveny
© Ludmilla Cerveny

Nursing Home Passivhaus / CSO arquitectura

Location: Camarzana de Tera, Zamora, Spain
Year: 2019

© David Frutos
© David Frutos
© David Frutos
© David Frutos
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Cite: Ott, Clara. "Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living" [Residencias para adultos mayores: ejemplos de independencia y vida en comunidad] 15 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/941691/housing-for-the-elderly-examples-of-independence-and-community-living> ISSN 0719-8884
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