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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.

Empower Residents

A fully accessible facility that empowers residents and minimizes the stress and anxiety that typically accompanies aging.

Customize Spaces

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.

Promote Interactions

Serve as a vehicle for community and resident interaction.

Provide Balance

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

Services

• Cafe’s • Senior Residences • Institutes on Aging

Description

“ 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

B

C

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

A

B

C

D

D


Site Plan

Greenville, SC

Green Spaces

Walking Distances

Community Zones

Parking and Public Transit


1

FP

-Mathers -Retail and Public Spaces

3 4

8

5

9

2

1.

mathers / concierge

2.

retail store

3.

grocery store

4.

restaurant

5.

bookstore

6.

administration

7.

support space

8.

main courtyard

9.

courtyard

UP

UP

UP

UP

7

6

1

10.

community greenspace

10

Building Form

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


23

FP

+

-Resident Rooms -Resident Gathering Spaces

22 11

22

13

12

18 14

16

12

11

18

17

14

16

19

15

17 19

15

DN

DN

20

20

UP

DN

DN

DN

UP

21

21

DN

11.

dayroom

16.

support spaces

21.

dayroom

12.

typical resident room

17.

support spaces

22.

dayroom

13.

exterior patio

18.

public restroom

14.

resident courtyard

19.

public restroom

15.

multi purpose therapy room

20.

dayroom / stairs

6.

Administration

Dayrooms

Green Spaces

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


Aerial View


view along Augusta St.

SECTION DN

DN


Interior view

Main Entrance / Mathers


Main Courtyard


THE ROOM

28' - 0"

I wardrobe

C.

wardrobe / storage

D.

murphy bed

E.

sofa bed

F.

window seating / storage

G.

adjustable sink

H.

adjustable stove

I.

storage wall

J.

dining set

K.

nightstand

E G 15' - 0"

B.

8' - 0"

sofa bed

20' - 3"

A.

F

H

J

B A

590 SF

CONCEPT: creating the core Breaking down the structure of a typical room and recombining it into a flexible adaptable .core

D

C

K


reduced travel distance to bathroom

enclosed dining

movie night

guest bedrooms

physical therapy

social gathering

3 bedroom

dining

p90x


SECTIONS

ADA Adaptability


Prefab Core: transported to site as a module

Detail of moving mechanism


Day Room /Stairwell

Permeable Boundaries  

Adult Day Center - Assisted Living Facility

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