DIAMOND FOR ELDERLY

How can new methods of production benefit old users? 

1st prize, Invited Competition, 

Uppgrading outdoor space, Health care centre

Askøy Municipality, Completed 2012  

Budget: Total 600.000 nok.

Project team: Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter AS

Team: Marit Justine Haugen, Espen Bærheim, Dan Zohar

Injection Molding: Plasto AS

The project, Diamond for Elderly is a winning entry in a competition for upgrading an outdoor space and two electrical suppliers in a healthcare center for people suffering from dementia. The project intention was to transform the supplier’s old concrete walls into a jewel, a diamond, giving a focal point to the space, which the user could relate to as a steady though ever-changing reference. Since dementia is a condition that impacts one’s memory and other sensory related functions that many of us may take for granted, this project can provide a healthy experience for patients suffering from the condition and a rewarding experience for visitors and other users at the center. 

The main concrete supplier is situated in the middle of an outdoor patio enclosed by three stories high entrance space and patients rooms. The design is based on 300x300mm module; Injection molded Polycarbonate tiles. The tiles are mounted on water cut translucent PC plates. Steel spacers are used for achieving depth and reflection as well as enabling ventilation for the electrical facility. LED armatures distribute light through the tiles veins, giving yet another expression and emphasizing the pattern along the long dark Norwegian winter. The multi - layered facade, together with artificial light and the regions humidity, creates a big light kaleidoscope.  

Photograph: Jan Lillebø & Bjarte Bjørkum

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