In collaboration with Anne Feikje Weidema I did a visual research on the environment of people in residential care institutions for elderly throughout the Netherlands. This documentation provides a comprehensive and detailed picture of the current environment of the elderly and gives rise to discussion on the conservation, renewal, elimination and addition of several aspects.





The political developments resulting from cuts and the growing number of elderly in Dutch society do not only concern the reorganization regarding the policies for housing and care, we must also focus on radical redesign of the living environment for elderly. The changes that are coming up, create room for adjustments and innovation.


A striking feature of the existing elderly care establishments is the institutional atmosphere. Looking back on the history of elderly care, this is explained by choosing 'cure' over 'care'. One of the goals of the separation of housing and nursing is to make 'care' leading over 'cure'. This approach obviously has a great effect on the manifestation of the living environment and the way that residents, employees and visitors (should) experience it.




The book consist of three parts:

  1. Theoretical framework of the history of elderly care establishments in Holland on a social and political level, the current situation, and the supported philosophy that the physical environment affects the well being of its residents.

  2. Visual registration of the elements of architecture and design that consequently appear in elderly care establishments. These images are categorized by element and supported by the main (plain) observations of this registration.

  3. Analysis of the registration and observation (part 2) within the theoretical framework described in part 1, leading to the formulation of questions to be answered in order to make designs that fit the future of elderly care.