- Awarded architecture for senior citizens by DP Architects
One of the biggest problems with getting old is the risk of being alone, and this can really have negative effects on the psychological and physical health of the elderly. Just the simple act of cooking balanced, nourishing meals with other people and sitting down to eat them together can have beneficial effects on both their social life and their health. This is a problem that the architects from DP Architects have tackled most elegantly, using food as the focus for their design.
The result is Goodlife! Makan in the converted “void deck” of 52 Marine Terrace, Singapore. The term “void deck” refers to the ground floor of apartment blocks that has been left as an open space and can be used for community projects, making it just perfect for this project.
Based on an initiative of Montfort Care - a welfare organisation in Singapore specialising in social services that involve the contribution and help of the community - DP Architects redesigned a 360-square metre space and instead of taking the well-worn conventional path, they delivered a bright, colourful and inviting environment for senior citizens.
Based on the theme of “Food as core”, the project turns the void deck into a large communal space with an open plan - the kitchen forms the heart and everything else is arranged around that, including the dining zone and dishwashing area; it even has a reading nook and conference area, and it’s all focused on reaching out to the elderly to generate both culinary and social experiences.
Goodlife! Makan transmits a joyful atmosphere, something we'd like to see more of in architecture for the elderly.
The aesthetically eye-catching creation, which is also important and innovative in social terms has won DP Architects two of the SIA Architectural Design Awards: the Special category, and the “Best Project with Construction Budget of less than $2 million”, confirming the great value of design that listens to the needs of people, including often unseen groups like senior citizens.
Project: DP Architects
Location: Marine Terrace, Singapore
Images and drawings: DP Architects
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