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Care-house Liberty Garden   

This care facility in Saitama, in the sub- urbs of Tokyo, is for elderly people capa- ble of living alone and provides support such as dining, bathing and health man- agement facilities. Private rooms are locat- ed in the center of the site, dividing it into two parts. The parts are further divided by the administration, dining and bathing blocks, leaving space for a number of gar- dens, each with a distinct character.

The internal spaces connect the gardens, pre- venting them from being isolated, and maintain the unity of the site. As a result of this, the interior does not need artificial lighting during the day. To provide com- fort for the elderly, spaces allocated to the residents have been made as large as pos- sible by minimizing the width of the corridors, while still allowing for wheelchair access. The slit windows in the north wall were designed using the Fibonacci series.

This care facility in Saitama, in the sub- urbs of Tokyo, is for elderly people capa- ble of living alone and provides support such as dining, bathing and health man- agement facilities. Private rooms are locat- ed in the center of the site, dividing it into two parts. The parts are further divided by the administration, dining and bathing blocks, leaving space for a number of gar- dens, each with a distinct character.

The internal spaces connect the gardens, pre- venting them from being isolated, and maintain the unity of the site. As a result of this, the interior does not need artificial lighting during the day. To provide com- fort for the elderly, spaces allocated to the residents have been made as large as pos- sible by minimizing the width of the corridors, while still allowing for wheelchair access. The slit windows in the north wall were designed using the Fibonacci series.

Location:Koshigaya, Saitama, Program:Welfare facility, Structure:Reinforced concrete, Total floor area:3215.3m², Architects:Yaita and Associates, Principal in Charge:Hisaaki Yaita, Project Architect:Miki Kanke, Yumiko Miura, Kentaro Kikuchi, Masanori Miyoshi, Mechanical engineer:Katsuharu Sugiura, General contractor:Shimizu corporation, Photos:  Shinkenchiku-sha,
* Eiji Yonekura,
Published:
SHINKENCHIKU august 1998
JAPAN ARCHITECT NO.36