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Sergison Bates . Thys Vermeulen

Sheltered housing and day care centre . Kortrijk

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Sergison Bates architects . Studio Thys Vermeulen . photos: © Stefan Müller . © Danko Stjepanovic

A sheltered housing and daycare building for young dementia sufferers forms one part of a network of care facilities set within a parkland, which includes a community centre housed in a refurbished art-deco villa.

 

The new residential building is designed to mediate between the low-set historic buildings and the more recently constructed and larger scale urban edge of the park. Tall trees surrounding the site inspired the strong vertical emphasis of the facade: solid pilasters run up the building and are clad in glazed ceramics.

The interior of the new building weaves together both a creative response to the current understanding of early onset dementia, and the precedent of existing rooms within the villa. The project creates ‘little worlds’ to help residents establish order within a protected, personal space.

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