The value of architecture and design in aged and dementia care is clear - but routinely overlooked

Village Landais, which opened in 2020 and was recently highly commended in Dezeen’s annual design awards, aims to give as much agency and freedom, real and apparent, to the villagers, as the staff call them, as possible. The five-hectare complex has a fence around it, as it must for the safety of vulnerable residents, but within its boundary people can come and go, more or less as they choose. They can stroll around the open spaces (or run, or cycle, as people with Alzheimer’s can also be physically fit), visit their neighbours, go to the restaurant or to a show in the village auditorium, attend to animals and plants in a mini-farm and a kitchen garden.

Hopefully this kind of approach can be made more accessible, and not simply for the rich.

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Two elderly people walking down a path, with greenery nearby and a house with clay tiles in the distance. Photo from&10;Village Landais in France.
Ben Harris-Roxas @ben_hr