Recent studies have shown that the quality and atmosphere of buildings can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and promote good health. The therapeutic features and overall design of the innovative new Alzheimer Village in France was created with this idea in mind. The design was created conceived by NORD Architects in order to make a place where patients can find peace and comfort.
The project recently won an international competition for a new building for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Located in the town of Dax, France, it deploys a new approach to designing healthcare facilities and draws from the architects’ extensive experience with designing buildings for the healthcare sector. The building respects the patients’ personal needs and privacy, and provides a homely atmosphere that has been proven to help Alzheimer and dementia patients.
In addition to its therapeutic potentials, the new development will lower treatment and medication costs. It facilitates a gradual inclusion of patients and their relatives, and features a local shop, hairdresser, restaurants and cultural center in order to maintain an optimal level of normalcy. The intimate quality will allow users to feel at home.