DEMENTIA VILLAGESThe Concept: Around the common and familiar building blocks lifestyles are built from a social approach. Look at day to day life and create conditions for the residents so that they are challenged by recognizable incentives to remain active in daily, precious life. In the nursing home groups residents with shared interests and backgrounds live together in a lifestyle-group. The design and decoration of the homes and surroundings is tailored to the lifestyles.
De Hogeweyk, Amsterdam, Weesp – NL (2009)
This residential area consists of 160 residents. They live with each other in lifestyle groups, with a maximum of seven people per group. They share similar interests and backgrounds. The decor, design and direct environment of the dwellings are adapted to suit each separate lifestyle. Lifestyles consist of recognizable and everyday elements. When it comes to their own daily life, residents experience so many recognizable stimuli that they are challenged to continue participating in that lifestyle.Show More
Dementia Village, Rome – Italy (2016)
DVA is currently developing the first Alzheimer Village in Italy for 100 residents. At the end of 2015 there will be more information on our site.Show More
WE ARE DVAFor those who have forgotten who they are. For those who no longer count time. For those to whom love and care is all that matters. Dementia Village Architects creates custom living environments for elderly people with dementia. No big anonymous buildings, but instead manageable and pleasant residential areas. Where it is comfortable for everyone to live. Where residents feel safe at home. Where they enjoy living out their final days, connected with family, caregivers and healthcare providers. Where they can enjoy the precious life they were used to and still want to lead.
Frank van Dillen (1962)Management - Architect
For his very first project in the care sector, Frank spent a week as an intern to learn all about the industry from the inside. In fact, he still does this on a regular basis. Frank has a son who is deaf, so he knows from personal experience how important it is to organize care in a demand-driven manner and to challenge institutions in this regard.
Frank graduated in 1992 as an architect from the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg. He is co-owner of Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architects since 2001. In addition to his work, Frank is active as a board member in various social initiatives.
Michael Bol (1970)Management - Architect
Michael’s unbridled efforts and inspiration come from the fact that his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and admitted to a nursing home a few years ago. This inspires him to not settle for standard solutions but instead to always strive for the very best.
Michael studied at the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg. From 2001 he has worked as an architect and since 2008 as co-owner of Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architects. In addition to his work, Michael is involved in social initiatives at a managerial level, especially in non-profit organizations dedicated to community building and organizing social crossovers.
For elderly people with dementia, the world is small. Great deeds no longer count. It’s the simple things that make life worth living: your own home, a safe place, and - if possible – doing what you feel like doing.
Our architecture aims to connect with the residents’ wishes. Their way of living is our starting point. The necessary features of the interior, the public spaces and the functions that are necessary from the outside are all designed to meet their needs.
This results in a familiar living environment for people with dementia and a higher quality of life.
People do not think in terms of buildings, interiors and landscapes. They see the complete picture and experience its quality accordingly.
Together with the client we create a design in which urban planning, architecture, engineering, interior design and landscape are all integrated, based on our vision of what we feel care for the demented elderly should be. As a result, we do not design buildings but an independent residential area.
Living together is essential here but always from a private, safe place. Like this, we create a pleasant home where residents can live as independently as possible, in consultation with their families, caregivers and health professionals.
Besides our technical skills, our knowledge consists of beliefs, ideals, values, schedules and mental orientations.
They are deeply engrained in our DNA and in our hearts. Our thoughts and actions are often guided by them without making them explicit.
This silent know-how constitutes part of the foundation of our Dementia Village projects.