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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Challenging Retirement

Here's a new concept in Retirement Homes:
Make them "anything but comfortable and calming".

Kids Toy?

Leave it to wacky Japan.
The concept is to continually challenge and stimulate the mind and body, to help prevent decline.

To that end, this building has:
- bright colors and odd shapes (like a kids toy)
- erratically sloped and or concave floors (can you say 'broken hips'?)
- electric switches in odd places to make the user search for them (so you have to think about it)
- no closets (to present a "challenge")
- a door to the veranda that is so small that one has to crawl to get through it.

Perhaps even stranger than the design concept is the reality that these are actually selling - for twice as much as a normal apartment in that area.

(via Sushi & Sensibility)


Blogger Jege (Jen) said...

Reminds me a bit of these: http://blandwagon.blogspot.com/2006/10/magic.html

1:13 AM  

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