Carpe Diem Dementia Village

Project information

  1. Location Bærum, Norway
  2. Area18.000 m²
  3. Construction cost735 mill NOK

Project details

  1. Year2017 — 2020
  2. StatusCompleted
  3. Partners HENT
    Bjørbekk & Lindheim
  4. Client Bærum municipality
  5. Enquiries Johannes Eggen
  6. Scope Hospital and health care planning and design
    Residential design

A new treatment- and housing centre for people suffering from dementia opened autumn 2020 in Bærum, Norway. The complex consists of 136 communal housing units and 22 high care dementia units.

Featured on Open House Worldwide

A film about Carpe Diem was one of two main contributions to the international festival Open House Worldwide from Norway. Watch below!

Village feel

Designed to cultivate the familiar domestic atmosphere of a small village, the residences, housing- and treatment centre, and community centre are broken up into smaller units, separated by gardens and squares. Varied building heights and roof typologies adds to the friendly neighbourhood feeling.

Photo: Benjamin A. Ward
Carpe Diem demenslandsby Photo: Benjamin A. Ward
Carpe Diem demenslandsby Photo: Benjamin A. Ward
Photo: Benjamin A. Ward

Recognisable surroundings

People suffering from dementia often have trouble recognising their surroundings and finding their way. It is therefore crucial that all areas are perceived as clearly identifiable spaces. We have added various markers and easily recognisable elements throughout the village to ease wayfinding and help make the residents feel at home.

  1. Photo: Inger Marie Grini
  2. Photo: Inger Marie Grini
  3. Photo: Inger Marie Grini
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Early concept sketches

Everything you need inside the village

Walking routes within the village

Low familiar building types

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