Els Kuypers , Gent
Pilot Project Astor Geel
“Living Apart Together” – floating care labels for a diverse life long home environment.
Aging is not a disease. Therefore older people should not be treated as sick, nor should they being taken care of in an institutional, hospital like environment. With the Astor project we aim to create a home environment for older people with a diversified need of care where they can move, with the reassurance that they will not have to move again when their care demand changes. This will be achieved by assigning floating care labels to the different housing units. The innovation retrieved through the Astor project is threefold. First, the floating care labels and live long living approach initiate a new care vision. Second, as the architecture needs to follow this vision, a previously unexplored building concept will be proposed. Third, the project aims to work without subsidies, showing that good architecture pays off.