CHoF: Extra-care Accommodation
The Craighall site is isolated from communities by flanking railways. The Care Home of the Future campus joins these communities with an urban plaza and nature reserve for intergenerational activity.
The CHoF campus will include: a mixed use student accommodation building, situated beside the QMU, with grocery shops and cafes below; a care-home situated at near the middle of the site to benefit from the best views, sunlight, shelter, proximity to greenspace and clear division of public and private outdoor spaces; an extra-care building with similar benefits although situated in a more public and active area; a community hub sheltered underneath the green promenade and situated at the junction of the new high street; and finally a community health building which continues the typology of building sheltered by the green promenade.
The extra-care accommodation blocks will be constructed with natural materials to create a sense of engagement with nature for the wellbeing of the elderly residents. The North block will be grounded on a stone plinth to form an acoustic barrier to combat the noise of the railway, whilst the south block will appear floating to create a sense of permeability, through which, the public will be encouraged to circulate, thus, increasing intergenerational engagement. The construction of the blocks will cause little disruption to neighbours due to the prefabricated CLT volume module assembly.
Collaborators: David Droc, Zhou He, Meiwen Sun, Luhan Bai