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Chapter 3 Multi-generational Living as Future of Elderly Housing



70% of the units are 2-bed flats with an area of 41 to 70m2, and house one or two occupants.18 The design is elderly-friendly and made barrier-free to maximize independency.19 With a balcony and bay windows in all units, the residents can stay connected to the neighbourhood without even having to leave their flats.20 Most residents also regard the brightness of the rooms essential to their daily living.21

Aside from high-quality design, abundant communal space is equally vital to keep residents active and engaged with the community. Common rooms in the main building next to the train station act as central meeting venues for joint activities among residents, or communal events open to public. They are openly available for free, but a nominal fee is required for participation in activities. There are spaces for all ages and groups – a playroom for children, meeting hubs for young people and collective meeting place for families.22 The foundation often cooperates with youth centres, schools, and other local institutions to organize activities to ensure residents stay attached to the local community.23 Residents are encouraged to host their own highly diverse activities including coffee mornings, memory training, senior gymnastics, or parent-and-children conferences.24 Proximity to everyday facilities brings convenience to elderly residents. Living in the city centre, they can

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