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Aged Care – Biophilic Design

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.

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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.

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Sketch 2: Biophilic Gathering Area

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Sketch 3: Biophilic Gathering Area – Section

 

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Sketch 4: Biophilic Gathering Area – Section

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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

 Patterns1   Architect/Engineer    Score
 Patterns2 1  Yes, by Architect
 Patterns3 2  Yes, by Architect
 Patterns4 3  Yes, by Architect
 Patterns5 4 Yes. The space is designed as an open space. Air flow is encouraged by (i) natural wind paths, operable facades and openings (positive to negative flow) (ii) Thermally driven flow cooler to warmer (or higher density to lower density). When conditions are not suitable façade operates to seal/or partially seal. Cooling is achieved by evaporative cooling, thermal mass, sun control. When required mimic zone to have mechanical cooling. Cooling is also achieved by virtue of the height of the space and cool slab 10/10
 Patterns6 5 Yes, wet wall with pond provided. Adds movement, noise and free cooling (evaporative cooling). Also provides radiant cooling by surface temperature and position. 10/10
 Patterns7 6 Yes. Light patterns will be formed naturally via facades, shades, operable blade roof sections, plating etc. 10/10
 Patterns8 7 Yes. Space will mimic external conditions when required. Planting will be subject to autumn, winter, spring, summer cycles. 10/10
 Patterns9  Architect/Engineer  Score
 Patterns10  8 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns11  9 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns12  10 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns13  Architect/Engineer  Score
 Patterns14 11 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns15  12 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns16  13 Yes, By Architect
 Patterns17 Yes, By Architect

 

Summary

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.

If you need ESD and Engineering help, happy to assist.

 

Jorgen Knox PIC

Original Post Date: 20/02/2015

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