The Transgenerational House
Age-in-place gracefully—indoors or out—in a fully-accessible 'transgenerational' house.
|Transgenerational House designed by James J. Pirkl, FIDSA|
Probe the 'WHY' and the 'HOW'...
|The Transgenerational Concept|
|The Project's Goals|
|The Design Program|
...IS NOT about building specialized "elderly" or "disabled" housing and furnishing them with "adaptive" or "senior" products.
IT IS about designing residential environments and household products to accommodate the widest possible spectrum of those who would use them—regardless of age or ability.
It does so by integrating human-sensitive architecture, appliances, fixtures, products and communication systems designed for safety, comfort, convenience, accessibility, clean-ability, adjust-ability, ease of use, and bodily fit—transgenerational features that neutralize the aging process.
Shouldn't the kitchen, dining area, bath, laundry—or a potato peeler—be as readily used by a child with a sprained ankle, an octogenarian with an arthritic spine, or a pregnant thirty-something housewife with poor eyesight?
Our transgenerational house project has three goals:
Based on the premise that accessible, "universal" housing need not look "institutional" nor imply "aging," the design of our transgenerational house emphasizes livability over raw square footage.
It features a wide range of innovative, cutting-edge architectural components, appliances, products and fixtures. All are designed to accommodate the widest range of ages and abilities—the essence of transgenerational design.
The house is built on an acre+ lot in Placitas, New Mexico, an upscale residentialcommunity. its design is upbeat, contemporary, and attractive to young as well as older residents. Its major areas open onto an accessible central courtyard "oasis" creating an interplay of indoor and outdoor living.
view of the
and a sweeping
mesas and plains
Prior to the design phase, we prepared a 12-page design program outlining the project's needs, desires and requirements. It included such objectives as:
The program also included such "green" and environmentally sustainable requirements as:
We included these objectives and requirements to not only preserve health, energy, and resources, but to also simplify and humanize the interactive activities of daily living within an inter-generational household.
of all ages
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