March 13, 2009 Leave a comment
A recent US report on housing development for the elderly was illustrated by this picture of a resident room in a facility for the elderly in Amarillo Texas. The 60-unit facility combines a high-quality resident experience with a supportive environment for families. Each 350-sq ft private room features wireless networking to connect to the outside world; window seats provide sleeping spaces for overnight visits. Resident beds can be wheeled outdoors onto terraces.
What is most noticeable is the amount of daylight, the wonderful view and sunlight. Whilst we can’t do a great deal about the latter in the UK this nevertheless looks like a superb template for sheltered accommodation. Particularly (hallelujah!) wireless networking. How about putting some of our currently under-utilised architects into coming up with similarly exciting projects here?