In Örebro, a Swedish town east of Stockholm, the municipality has made significant investments in new, ambitious retirement homes aiming to provide residents with a more enriching living environment. In the retirement home “Trädgårdarna,” (translated: The Gardens) buildings and landscapes have been designed to incorporate qualities derived from the latest research in the field. The proposal revolves around creating surprising, attractive, stimulating, and safe outdoor spaces.
The design includes diverse outdoor spaces that encourage movement and independent outdoor living. Atrium gardens cater to different needs, partly targeted to sensitive residents with limited stimuli needs, while also offering larger garden areas for communal activities and a more enhanced stimulation. The outdoor areas are designed to enable independent use by individuals with functional impairments and to reduce the risk of getting lost for residents affected by dementia.
Plants are chosen to attract a diverse insect and bird life and provide shifting experiences throughout the year. From living rooms and beds, residents can enjoy views of the surrounding greenery and atrium gardens. The gardens have a structure that, reminiscent of a monastery, defines the interior outdoor spaces, while seamlessly integrating with the large-scale local environment and harmonizing with the landscape. The space interacts with the building’s architectural design and becomes a symbol of attractive and safe accommodation.
Landscape Architecture: LAND Arkitektur
Team LAND Arkitektur: Alf Orvesten, Lina Andersson, Marta Wännman & Therese Lemos
Other designers involved in the design of landscape: MARGE Arkitekter (buildings)
Client: Örebro municipality
Project location: Örebro.
Year completed: Phase 1; 2016