From the outset, identifying the users for whom a proposed scheme is intended is critical in creating a successful and sustainable project. A design concept is then developed which is supported by the initial design brief. Ensuring the final scheme meets resident requirements not only ensures a more satisfied resident, it also results in an increased demand for residential services resulting in greater success for our clients’ business.
The internal layout and services provided within the building are crucial for the well- being of residents. The relationship between internal spaces can help both the occupants living there and the staff who work there. Good sized and well designed spaces can support the recovery process and/or assist in the usability of a space or function. Different ambiences within a home can be achieved through good design. The use of light, both artificial and natural, can help create an identity to individual rooms and spaces, colour also helps this process.
Control and management of the day-to-day circulation within the home / hospital is essential. Different types of furniture and electronic access facilities will vary depending on the user group. Although individual control of the local environment is an important aspect in developing a quality space for residents to live, how residents interact and use the building is an import factor of the design team’s brief.
For a scheme to be successful, all aspects of design need to be carefully considered. The relationship between internal and external spaces is particularly important. How a scheme proposal sits within a site and how clients can interact with their external local environments forms a symbiotic relationship with the building itself. Points of interest, exercise, quiet areas and hobbies areas can be created through external space. Senses can stimulated through touch, sense of smell and areas of visual interest.