Carpe Diem Dementia Village

Project information

  1. Location Bærum, Norway
  2. Area17.000 m²

Project details

  1. Year2017 — 2020
  2. StatusOn site
  3. Partners HENT
    Bjørbekk & Lindheim
    Norconsult
    Contiga
  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 with dementia is now underway in Bærum, Norway. The complex will consist of 136 communal housing units and 22 high care dementia units.

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.

Wayfinding

People suffering from dementia often have trouble recognising their surroundings and finding their way. It is therefore crucial that the outside areas are perceived as clearly identifiable spaces. We have added various markers and easily recognisable elements throughout these spaces to ease wayfinding for the residents. 

Early concept sketches

Everything you need inside the village

Walking routes within the village

Low familiar building types

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