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THE DOGWOOD MEMORY CARE NEIGHBORHOOD Hartford, Connecticut Provider: Duncaster Architect: Amenta Emma Architects


When Amenta Emma Architects was asked to design a 12-resident addition for the Dogwood Memory Care Neighborhood, the architects used a majestic 100-year-old oak tree at the property as the organizing element for the new building’s form and placement. The tree also has become the inspiration for the interior design’s “Con- nection to Nature” theme, which maximizes natural light and offers outdoor views. “The tree is truly the star as it is often the


subject of paintings or drawings created by residents of art therapy classes,” according to Myles Brown, architect, Amenta Emma Architects. “The ‘connection to nature’


22 SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016


theme is further emphasized in the selec- tion of a warm natural palette of materials, colors, textures, patterns and fixtures.” The space is also designed to help com-


pensate for cognitive impairments common- ly experienced by residents with dementia. Architects purposely minimized detail to a simple, clear design that would be familiar and easy to navigate. There is a subtle sep- aration between the residents’ rooms and the common areas to provide privacy while also encouraging residents to participate in activities. Resident rooms are organized around a central common space containing a country kitchen, dining room and living


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