ThomsonAdsett’s David Lane seriously questions if today’s villages and care facilities will be relevant in 10 years

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Australia’s most experienced retirement village and aged care architect delivered this message to 35 sector leaders last Thursday in Perth.

The customer is changing and their choice of where they will receive high level care is expanding. At the same time little is changing with village and care building design.

David even questions whether buildings being built today will be appropriate in five years’ time.

He states we have a social responsibility to not accept the status quo but look to other advanced countries where a fraction of their frail elderly finish their days in aged care facilities.

He points to new village and care buildings ThomsonAdsett is designing that are adaptable, converting rooms from high care back to independent living with ease.

Citing projects he has led internationally, zoning and design rules can and must be changed but the conversation needs to start today.

David says ThomsonAdsett, while Australian, is the world’s largest ‘Elders’ architectural firm and is committed to leading this conversation.