Great Places To Grow Old! Architecture + Aging
December 17, 2012
House for Elderly People by Aires Mateus Arquitectos
Architizer is hosting the world’s definitive architectural awards program, with 50+ categories and 200+ jurors. As part of an ongoing series, we’re spotlighting projects that fit into “Plus” categories, including “Aging,” that tap into topical and culturally relevant themes. To see a full list of categories and learn more about the awards, visit architizerawards.com.
Architecture is, in a sense, a celebration of history. Designers and architects are heavily influenced by the past; whether or not they admit it is another case. Centuries of design evolution have lined our streets with these masterpieces, creating an environment that allows future architects to learn from the history that surrounds them.
It is important then for architects to remember not only the buildings from the past but also the people who helped the industry evolve. With an ever-increasing importance placed on universal design, homes for the elderly have begun to move beyond sad, salmon-colored retirement homes. Architects and designers worldwide have begun to create homes, health centers, and meeting places that are specifically intended for aging users, without lacking aesthetic appeal. In a world where people will do just about anything to keep from growing old (no matter the cost), these “advanced” designs make it okay to flaunt your actual age. Click through for the best architecture + aging.