Alzheimer's Care Center. This thesis investigates the relationship between architecture and the human mind, and how both inform each other through the experience of the spatial environment. The project, at its most fundamental level, is about connectivity; grounded in the mind and body connection as it relates to architectural space. The care center connects the individual to both the activity of the neighborhood and the tranquility of the forest. Embodying familiar, domestic qualities and not those of an institution, the care center weaves together individual and social spaces.
Initial concept with preliminary plan sketches.
#1 - watercolor. Clusters.
Site plan sketch.
#2 - watercolor. Connected individual units in zones.
Environment chart outlining project goals.
#3 - watercolor. Intimate perimeter to many generous interior spaces.
Sketch of final plan working with light wells, green space, and water elements.
#4 - watercolor. Intimate perimeter to central generous interior.
In-progress 3-D model view to housing units from the cul-de-sac.
#5 - watercolor. Central intimate spaces within fluid, overlapping zones.
In-progress 3-D model view of plan, showing light wells, apartments, central space, and the beginning of the roof form.
#6 - watercolor. Overlapping zones focused on the edges vs. interior space, with concentrated smaller zones.
Domestic zones of the shared central space.
Administrative and Community zones.