Alzheimer Village in France

"NORD Architects has over the past 10 years developed buildings that meet current and changing conditions in the healthcare sector, and the studio has just won an international competition with a building for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the town of Dax in France.

According to partner at NORD Architects Morten Gregersen the therapeutic solution is not necessarily found in the buildings themselves, but the evidence has gradually build up, that buildings which respect people's personal needs for privacy and create a homely atmosphere, have a much higher efficiency rate when measured in recovery times and result in generally lower costs in care and medication. (...)

In the winning competition entry "Alzheimer village" everything is arranged to accommodate a gradual inclusion of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and their relatives in a centre that contains familiar elements from the residents' previous lives, such as a local shop, hairdresser, restaurants, cultural centre and a healthcare centre positioned as small houses in a beautiful landscape. Everything is designed taking inspiration from local building tradition, which gives residents a sense of being able to maintain a relatively normal and recognisable everyday life in an otherwise confusing new reality." (World Architecture News)

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