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- 3920 198th Street, Langely, BC
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The Township is largely a suburban community but also maintains a vast amount of farmland and historical character as being the home Fort Langley the birthplace of British Columbia. As is the case for many communities in Canada, the demographic in Metro Vancouver area is shifting towards an aging population. As a sign of this change the project is located on a former elementary school site, in the heart of a suburban neighborhood.
In the last 20 years with the adoption of the decentralized household model, there has been a great improvement in the quality of life for residents in licensed care facilities in British Columbia. Functionally, and organizationally the project expands on the operational principles and efficiencies of the decentralized household model but departs from it architecturally through the design of the interior and exterior spaces and their relationship to each other.
In respecting the character and scale of the immediate neighborhood, the resident buildings are limited to 1-1/2 storeys, and from the streetscape, organized to look like a cluster of cottages. The cottages are enclosed in a large park-like setting with a variety of paths, gardens and outdoor spaces scaled to suit a variety of activities and to also accommodate single persons or groups of people throughout the seasons.
There is also a community building that houses shops, art and wood working workshop areas, a barbershop and spa which the residents are free to visit as if they would go to their local town center. The community building is also open to the public to create a continuity to the surrounding neighborhood.