Village TV Episode 2: Designing a Village w Eitaro Hirota – The Households

By | December 5, 2019

Hi I’m Etaro Hirota, I’m with NSDA Architects, we’re the architects for The Village Langley, this is The Village, welcome! So we’re in the main
plaza right here, from the main plaza there’ll be a large boulevard that runs straight across
so that’s kinda the spine of the village and from the main boulevard on either side there
will be gardens. There will be a village clock along here, you see the hydrant right now, there
will be a water feature. We’d like to use the cottages themselves as guides to get back
to your household. Each household will have distinct colours. This one here the way finding
colour is blue. Other parts of the building are more of a neutral tone. What we’ve tried
to do with the households is that we try to break them down to smaller cottages so that
it doesn’t look like a big building. So when you’re walking down the main boulevard it
looks like a regular residential street. It fits in very well with the scale of the neighbourhood
as well and I think that speaks to how much this will feel more like home. My name is
Scott Thorburn I’m the development manager for Canbrit Developments which is the company
developing The Village in Langley where we are today. The Village concept that
we’re trying to do here is unique and new to Canada and this is a style of housing that
works for our residents, works for staff, works for us. We think it’s probably going
to be the way the world moves but for us to be the first is pretty exciting. Okay so now
we’re inside the household. So the way we’ve designed the household is that we’ve clustered
the resident rooms to create this large open space. On either end of the common area there
are large windows that face outdoors. Once you enter there will be a lounge with a fireplace
and then in the back where you see the framing is an activity room. Right now we’re standing
in the dining room. The kitchen is there and the lounge is right there. As you can see
instead of creating walls that define the spaces, we’ve tried to keep the floorpan as
open as possible. So it creates some flexibility in how you want to use the space. One thing
that’s unique about this project is that the residents will take part in the daily meal
prep and so we’ve created an island kitchen connected to the dining space. We’re
standing in one of the resident rooms, this is a single occupancy room. The bed will be
here and if you notice when you’re in the bed you have a direct line of sight into the
washroom. We try to keep the windows low enough so that when you’re in your bed, you can still
look out. In each duplex there will be a household with 12 rooms, one double occupancy room.
The number of people you’re living with is very small in comparison to a typical care
complex. You know you can imagine you can sit around one table and have a meal. So it
feels a lot more like you’re an extended family situation. Patients with Alzheimer’s, they
tend to get agitated when they hit a dead end so if you notice when you walk through
the households there are no dead ends. So this is the sun room, TV room slash guest
room. It’s actually a room that we’re hoping the residents and the people in the households
themselves will define the use. My dad was a developer in the late 70s, 80s in Vancouver
and then I sort of came to the business in the early 2000s we were trying to look for
new opportunities and new things to do and sort of evolved towards this style of housing
and this is a way that we wanted to move and grow forwards. We’re still as a society still
trying to figure out what is the best way to care for our elders and from the household
model I think this village project takes a big leap in terms of bringing the care environment
closer to a familiar residential environment. This whole thing actually stems from my childhood.
I didn’t grow up with my grandparents but I visited them every summer and when I was
growing up they still had three generations in living in a household. We had a small hotel
but there are three generations running that business. As a child I could see what it was
like to grow old, I think we’re starting to miss that a bit. I’m hoping that we learn
some lessons from this project that can be transferred to the city or built environment
at large so that it makes it easier for example for people with Alzheimer’s to find their
way home. If you or I were in this situation we wouldn’t want somebody fallowing us around
all the time, we wouldn’t want somebody telling us where we can and can’t go we want to be
able to do what we want no matter where we are in our life everybody wants that, that’s
just basic human respect. That’s what I like most about this, when all is said and done
you know, people are going to be able to come and live here, be respected and live the best
life that they choose to live, however they choose to live it. Subscribe and stay tuned
for part two of Designing a Village. We’ll take a tour with the architect and development
manager in the Oakwood Community Centre and learn how we’re designing a community. Coming
February 2019.

One thought on “Village TV Episode 2: Designing a Village w Eitaro Hirota – The Households

  1. Henry Krause Post author

    please let us know about people you would like to help .


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