Árus Chois Farraige. Winner of LAMA Zurich Award - Best Nursing Home 2010

The principals of universal accessibility and design for dementia were integrated into the design from the beginning, reducing barriers and providing space to carry on the activities of daily living as independently as possible. The brief was to create a welcoming rather than institutional feeling for the residents. Local stone and coloured render blend with the native planting to the front and the landscape. The massing of the building allows light into the courtyard and views from bedrooms and from the staff apartments on the second floor. The south facing dayrooms avail of the views of Galway Bay and of passive solar gain. A variety of secure outdoor spaces and days room ensure that the residents have choice and privacy.