• Katie Gordon

The Tuesday Topic: Evolving and Designing Homes for Multiple Generations

We have to face it, we are all getting older. No longer can we say we will live forever and architecture, as a whole, is beginning to shift, designing more and more for the older generations. The need for more cross-generational care is at an all-time high. By 2030, more than 6 million “Baby Boomers” will be retiring and will soon be needing long-term care. [1] One such way to think about how to combat this change in the markets is to design for multiple-generation homes.

In the article, Make Room for Grandma: Architects Design Homes for Multiple Generations proposes a new way of design that combines multiple independent living areas with common spaces for families to share, thus allowing families to stay together and help each other out. It hasn’t quite caught on yet in America, but the premise is strong. Housing that is adaptable, that is fully accessible for all generations, and can grow with the families as their needs change.

In a home in Amsterdam called the 3 Generation House, two apartments are joined by a central staircase.

Credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

In Melbourne, Australia, the “granny flat” concept was incorporated into Charles House as an adaptable space on the ground level.

Credit: Peter Bennetts

[1] The 2030 Problem: Caring for Aging Baby Boomers

Article: Make Room for Grandma: Architects Design Homes for Multiple Generations

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