The Group Care Centre was designed to be a hub of buildings that would benefit the elderly residents, workers and visitors independently in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Care Centre is comprised of five buildings: the Care Home, Extra care Home, Community Hub, Student Hub and Health Centre. These buildings were designed to seamlessly co-exist with one another and share a simple dialogue of private, public, residential and community space and to blur the lines of outdoor/indoor thresholds. Nature was the main derivative when conceptualizing this centre, preferring not to excavate and ruin the sites ecological features, rather to embraces them. Landscape strategies have been encouraged such as; memory gardens for gathering, sensory gardens to stimulate the residents, playgrounds to encourage the youth from the residential area and a Community centre for people to host farmers markets, showcases and performances, during certain times and seasons. As we didn’t want to fully pave over the site, we dedicated a large south portion of the masterplan to wildlife and preserving the natural ecosystem that already exists. As for my individual Care Home design I decided to embrace the theme of nature, having two inner courtyards and encouraging community between residents while promoting health through lounging areas, tea rooms, green room, dining spaces and activity spaces indoor and outdoor.
Collaborations : Roula Traboulsi, Shimeng Dai, Sijin Cheng, Jiaqian Cheng
My groups final site plan was finalized by the me and Roula Traboulsi where we just developed the original group scheme. The Care Home Community Center is to have the focal point as the memory garden which is placed in between the Care Home, Extra Care Home, Health Building and Community Building. The Care Centre is placed in between the Residential Area and the Queen Margaret University. These Care Center’s building and landscape was designed to create a dialogue with the surrounding site. This is done by creating a bridge from the residential area directly to the Care Home entrance and by placing the student building directly opposite the entrance of the Queen Margaret University to create a direct flow of students between the two buildings. The Care Home Centre was also designed on a free flow grid to be co-hesive with the surrounding buildings from aerial view, also to create easier path ways for the elderly. The Landscape Design of the Care Home Centre was to create a direct linkage to nature , which is done through a series of green roofs and terraces with landscaping on multiple buildings. The scheme also introduces a memory garden, sensory garden, and private residential gardens. The group proposal also aims to keeps the the southern end of the site sanctioned off for wildlife and promoting sustainability.