Carpe Diem Dementia Village
- Location Bærum, Norway
- Area18.000 m²
- Construction cost735 mill NOK
- Year2017 — 2020
Bjørbekk & Lindheim
- Client Bærum municipality
Hospital and health care planning and 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.
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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.
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.
Early concept sketches
Everything you need inside the village
Walking routes within the village
Low familiar building types