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The Circadian House: Hawkes House - Designing for Ageing

The Hawkes House is a one-off design conceived for individual clients. The question arises as to how this may serve as a general model for housing for bringing *Circadian principles to bear on Design for Ageing?

Here, we offer the general principles that can be applied to the design of dwellings of all types, houses and apartments. We give specific attention to the following distinct aspects of design; Orientation, The Plan, The Cross Section, Room Types, Design Detail and Materials and Future Adaptability.

*The ‘Key Principles’ of Circadian Design are to Live in Balance with Nature, to design for Adaptability and to achieve Sensibility. The VELUX report, Circadian House: Principles and Guidelines for Healthy Homes, derived from a series of five workshops, held in Copenhagen between November 2012 and August 2013, at which authorities from biological and social science, building science and architecture and planning discussed how the human need to experience the diurnal and seasonal circadian cycles might be translated into architectural design principles. The Principles and Guidelines of the VELUX study are conceived to be applicable to dwellings of all types from single-family houses to apartment buildings and to be relevant to both new and existing dwellings. The present document has its origins in the RIBA Research Symposium 2014, Design for Ageing.

By Dean Hawkes