PERMEABLE BOUNDARIES Adult Day Center Assisted Living
Project Description This project is a mixed use project that includes assisted living housing above an adult day center modeled on the “Mather’s – More than a Café” in the West End of downtown Greenville, SC. The underlying themes that were explored consisted of how to support independent aging within an adaptable, healthy, and environmentally responsible age integrated community based setting. There are three inter-related design drivers the project will address: A Healthy and Environmentally Responsible Living Environment: The personal living spaces, common program areas and overall building/site should be designed to optimize the health at three levels: that of the individual inhabitants, the local community and global health through healthful, green and sustainable design and operational practices. This would include maximizing appropriate access to daylight, fresh air and connections to nature while employing design strategies that minimize the project’s energy consumption and overall carbon footprint. An Adaptable and Flexible Living Environment: Personal living spaces and common program areas should be designed to accommodate the changing needs of an elderly population as they age and transition from independent living toward a state of lower mobility, cognitive function and increasing need for supportive services and settings. The project should consider how personal living spaces can be designed flexibly without physical reconfiguration and how they can be adapted to accommodate changes in mobility, living patterns, etc. An Age and Community Integrated Living Environment: The facility should be programmed, located on a site and designed in ways that foster the integration of residents of the project with others in the community, both young and old. It should provide residents with access to a complete and diverse range of activities, events and services either within the facility, within walking distance of the facility, or accessible through public transportation. The facility should convey a non-institutional feeling and strive to physically and experientially blur the boundaries between common areas and programs within the facility and those of the community at large. It should help support aging in place for the elderly who live within and near the project to the greatest degree possible.
Guiding Principles Establish a “Home”
A welcoming, non-institutional, “home” that encourages residents to remain socially, mentally, and physically active.
A fully accessible facility that empowers residents and minimizes the stress and anxiety that typically accompanies aging.
A programmatically and structurally flexible facility where spaces can be customized to suite resident needs, and modified to accommodate a variety of activities and events.
Serve as a vehicle for community and resident interaction.
A facility that provides balance between social and solitary atmospheres; calming and stimulating spaces; and urban and natural environments.
The Mathers Typology
Longterm Care, Independent Living
• Cafe’s • Senior Residences • Institutes on Aging
“ Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, we’re dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing progressive practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care support, and empowering caregivers
“For many people, Aging Well includes simplifying life by shedding the responsibilities and demands of home ownership. For some, it’s a decision to become part of a community of people who share similar experiences and enjoyments. For others, it’s a decision to plan for the future. Whatever reason you may have for considering this important step for yourself or a loved one, you can be assured that each of our residences is a very special community where quality service and attention to the ways to Age Well are brought to life by experienced professionals”
View from intersection
CONCEPT: re imagining the courtyard A
Taking the typical courtyard space and breaking it up vertically and horizontally to create a gradient of spaces that promote public and private social interactions among building residents and the community residents
Parking and Public Transit
-Mathers -Retail and Public Spaces
mathers / concierge
Shading Strategy 2
Shading Strategy 1 The retail level is oriented parallel to the site boundaries while resident levels have been shifted to orient more with the cardinal directions to create a formal distinction between the two programmatic functions as well as create more ideal shading and solar conditions.
Vertical louvers rise and fade out of the facades that face the east, west, and south
The roof overhang protects the resident rooms facing the southern sun
-Resident Rooms -Resident Gathering Spaces
typical resident room
multi purpose therapy room
dayroom / stairs
Neighborhood Each resident floor is anchored by dayrooms. These open spaces give residents a multitude of open spaces that promote social interaction and community interaction
the resident floors are divided up into four different neighborhoods
Green spaces and courtyards and integrated throughout the facility to foster social interaction and connections with nature
view along Augusta St.
Main Entrance / Mathers
28' - 0"
wardrobe / storage
window seating / storage
E G 15' - 0"
8' - 0"
20' - 3"
CONCEPT: creating the core Breaking down the structure of a typical room and recombining it into a flexible adaptable .core
reduced travel distance to bathroom
Prefab Core: transported to site as a module
Detail of moving mechanism
Day Room /Stairwell