St John’s Home for The Elderly
The key concept of the Home surrounds the idea of ‘Inclusiveness’. The idea is to allow every resident staying in the Home or even the surrounding communities to be able to experience the myriad of activities taking place in the Home at any time of the day.
The main design concept of the Home stems from the idea of integrating the Chapel into the building, celebrating the strong faith of the Home, and at the same time not making it look too ostentatious. The Chapel is situated on the second level, as with the dining hall and the garden, has an open concept which promotes natural ventilation and allows for warm natural sunlight from the skylight to filter into the hall. The form of building allows for the volumetric spatial quality within the Chapel, as the Chapel hall punctures 3-stories up to create an atrium on the upper floors. This is significant as it allows residents who are not very mobile, to still be able to enjoy Chapel Service at the comfort of the floor which they are staying at.
To further emphasize on the inclusiveness of the compound, the activity floor is raised to the second storey. During big events, the entire second floor could be open up whereby circulatory spaces are all inter-connected, and safe from any vehicular traffic from the first floor. At the same time, this also encourages active living by creating enjoyable circulation spaces for the elderly, enticing them to come out of their rooms and talk frequent walks safe from strangers and vehicular traffic.
The design for the residents’ rooms on the upper floors gives additional qualities to the façade and form of the building. To protect the privacy of the residents from the neighbouring school in the North, as well as to prevent direct heat from the sun entering the rooms in the West, the rooms have been designed to have their windows tilted inwards. The external screen gives extra shading to the rooms, while also allows for the growing of creepers that will help soften the building with greenery.
The interior of each room is designed to be future-proof. The dual key concept in designing the rooms allow for the future expansion and contraction of 2 or 4-bedded rooms with minimal hassle. Having a small communal space within the rooms, which acts as buffer for the expansion and contraction of rooms, also promotes intra-room bonding as well as social interactions.