A New Gateway © Karla Duncan

A New Gateway

Karla Duncan

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Project Description

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of illnesses that affect the brain. The disability impairs the memory and reasoning of its sufferers while instigating high levels of stress and acute sensitivity to social and built environments. The project involves the development of housing which approaches the unique requirements of these individuals by creating a familiar, stimulating environment which sympathises with the effects of dementia.

The design focuses on the inevitability of a person’s decline as a result of the disease. As the illness develops, the social and physical abilities of the individual deteriorate. They become reluctant to interact with others and seek comfort in their own private space, away from unwanted disturbance. These realms of resident comfort shaped the design.

The project is located on the Holburn Junction, a significantly complex node within the city of Aberdeen, which signifies the beginning of the city centre.