Aged Care – Biophilic Design
This post follows from my reading of the “14 PATTERNS OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN IMPROVING HEALTH & WELL-BEING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT”, published by Terrapin.
The Terrapin document details the financial sense to design great buildings and details 14 criteria, that when achieved, result in a great building or space.
Biophilic design sits extremely well with Aged Care. Having undertaken many aged care projects and visited many project sites, you consider, “would I want to end up at this centre (must be an age thing)”.
Spend the money, comply with the ’14 Biophilic patterns, and the clientele will follow. Not only this, the aged need and benefit from great spaces, mentally and physically. For many aged, getting out of a centre and being safe is not easy. In these centres we should strive to bring that place of ‘serenity’ to them.
Following, are a few sketches which I hope you find interesting.
Sketch 1: Large Scale Plan showing Gathering/Communal Area I relation to accommodation.
Sketch 2: Biophilic Gathering Area
Sketch 3: Biophilic Gathering Area – Section
Sketch 4: Biophilic Gathering Area – Section
The table below contains excerpts from Terrapin document, with comments on engineering comment for patters 4 (Thermal & Air Flow), 5 (Presence of Water) and 6 (Dynamic & Diffuse Light)
Table: Biophilic Patterns, Check List
The “14 PATTERNS OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN IMPROVING HEALTH & WELL-BEING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT”, published by Terrapin provides an excellent check list for great spaces.
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Original Post Date: 20/02/2015
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