The Aging in Africa Project, designed by architecture firm HWKN for the Foundation Saint Joseph d’Arimathie, aims to be the first retirement community in Africa dedicated entirely to caring for those without family. According to the project’s founders, Catholic priests are a group often excluded from care in a family-based society. HWKN’s design for the center provides a modern, safe, efficient facility where the retirees can enjoy a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.
The community space is designed to follow certain social, economic and sustainable principles that would help to further support elder care. Conceived by Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Robert May, Marc Perrotta, Kimbyyung Kyun, the project is set to include communal areas which are arranged in a layout similar to that of a small village.
The center is arranged around a central spine on a strip of land that lies between the Atlantic and an inland lagoon. All the public buildings are constructed around the village’s central axis in order to encourage a sense of community, and vegetation is planted amidst the community’s single story residences.