NORD Architects won the competition to build a village for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in France
The Alzheimer's Village in Dax, France, is innovation and renewal of a traditional nursing home for people with Alzheimer. The residents live in smaller houses, where they are included in the everyday-life and where life quality and healing architecture is in focus. The houses are spread out in the landscape, in which the residents can move freely and safely. In the village center they have a shop, hairdresser, restaurant, cultural center and healthcare center, so that they have everything they need in
order to have an almost normal everyday life.
There is also a research center and housing for visiting researchers and volunteers in the village, to attract resources from all over the world.
Four houses create a neighbourhood with its own identity and courtyard. All together there are four neighborhoods connected by an urban street leading up to the village center. Paths full of experiences and sensory inputs with different characters lie as loops in the landscape. They lead through nature and vegetation and gives several ways of staying in close contact with nature.