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Mental map of a resident with dementia. The project promotes connectedness and understanding in the residential environment at every scale.
Mental map of a resident with dementia. The project promotes connectedness and understanding in the residential environment at every scale.

Kamers en overgangen - basis principe
Kamers en overgangen - basis principe

Domestic room. Here, sensory perception serves to connect mainly severe dementia patients with their living quarters.
Domestic room. Here, sensory perception serves to connect mainly severe dementia patients with their living quarters.

Communal room where mainly moderate dementia patients can meet each other and connect with neighbours, friends and family at building level.
Communal room where mainly moderate dementia patients can meet each other and connect with neighbours, friends and family at building level.

Urban room connecting mainly mild dementia patients with an invisible safety net of easy-to-read open spaces and neighbourhood-related city functions.
Urban room connecting mainly mild dementia patients with an invisible safety net of easy-to-read open spaces and neighbourhood-related city functions.

Rooms and transitional spaces, whose robust spatial structure derives from the way dementia patients see the world.
Rooms and transitional spaces, whose robust spatial structure derives from the way dementia patients see the world.

Urban site plan. All ensembles occupy familiar places in the neighbourhood, together presenting a network of rooms as a safety net.
Urban site plan. All ensembles occupy familiar places in the neighbourhood, together presenting a network of rooms as a safety net.

Overzicht van de opeenvolging van kamers. Hier is duidelijk de ruimtelijkheid, schalen en herkenbaarheid van de verschillende kamers te zien.
Overzicht van de opeenvolging van kamers. Hier is duidelijk de ruimtelijkheid, schalen en herkenbaarheid van de verschillende kamers te zien.




PROJECTINDEX
 
FROM ONE ROOM TO ANOTHER
Amsterdam University of the Arts
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A new inclusive residential environment for dementia patients and those close to them
From One Room to Another presents an alternative residential environment for people with dementia. Drastic changes to our healthcare system are putting this exponentially growing and vulnerable target group at risk. Increasing cuts are being made to the healthcare setting and living environment of care homes, the result being dementia-unfriendly living conditions. On top of that, this target group is forced to live at home for an increasingly longer time, when the home environment was never designed for dementia. This creates an unsustainable situation for all involved.
Imagine if we, as society, together decided we would no longer admit people with dementia to care homes at all and just let them live at home. How would we then connect them with our residential environment – communal and public space, neighbours, friends and family – and what would that mean for the spatial qualities of that environment and their home?
The designed alternative consists of a new dementia-friendly residential environment in Spaarndammerbuurt, a neighbourhood in Amsterdam, which places the emphasis on making connections through a series of ensembles. Together, these will act as a safety net in the neighbourhood. This environment will stimulate relationships and encounters with the neighbourhood, so that people with dementia will remain connected with their surroundings. It will be a place where in giving care, you will receive care in return. So the design will give something back to the neighbourhood: an inclusive city.
The basic unit in the design is an easy-to-read room that clearly marks boundaries and transitions between spaces in the complex. Each room acts as a stage for spotlighting one feature, strengthening the residents’ perception of that feature and giving them an understanding of that space. It enables them to experience a sense of connectedness with their residential environment. The rooms are placed one after the other in an enfilade that allows dementia sufferers to find their way with ease. The open connections between rooms provide an overview and therefore an incitement to move around. The residents’ senses are stimulated by smells and sounds penetrating the spaces, encouraging them to stay interested in everything around them. This will slow down their decline and improve their quality of life. The room is applied at every scale from dwelling to city, imbuing the design with a strong identity and and making it legible at every level, from domestic room to urban room.