Hávitat is a social center designed for the elderly or people in palliative care, allowing them the chance to enjoy an active social life. The space balances private and public areas, and includes recreational spaces where the community is invited to be part of the center. The project does not hide from the fact that most residents are approaching death, and many elements of the design seek to create an environment where people can accept death and their loved ones can say goodbye to them in the best way possible.
The users’ needs were clearly centered in the design process, resulting in a designed space that is highly sensitive to the fact that this, for most residents, is their final home.WINNER STATEMENT
Receiving this award for me means that my work as a designer, as well as the purpose to which I dedicate myself, is recognized by the community, and it is a necessary good, something that motivates me to continue developing and striving. Winning this award for design focused on human well-being is a great honor, and I still have no idea how to celebrate this great news!UNIVERSITY