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Home on the Drift: Moving Senior Housing, Hong Kong

DRIFT AWAY

Contrary to popular belief that the elderly are static and prefer time in bed, they do wish to travel. We all love to travel: We travel for knowledge, love or ideals. Travelling allows us to be alive again.

Boat cruises are among the most popular activities for the retired. The boat serves not only as a mode of transport but acts as a travel destination itself.

Let us move back to Hong Kong and the 4sq.m "coffins for the living". What if this 4sq.m "coffin" suddenly acquires legs and moves? 4sq.m is approximately a train cabin size. What if the home moves with the person and eventually settles down in their utopia?

The surrounding scenery is ever-changing; our vision of the space is no longer limited by its physical construction.

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DRIFT AWAY: FIRST VIRTUALLY, WITH WWW.SENIORLOVE.COM

Q: How does it begin?
A: The journey begins once you are registered on the website WWW.SENIORLOVE.COM. Signing up is free. The website is maintained by a workforce of volunteers. Once you sign up, you are a member and have entered the virtual world of travelling.

Q: Do I have to travel?
A: No, you can simply use it as a social platform or a dating website. We believe that love and friendship invigorate life. We believe in the power of both virtual and physical architecture.

Q: Is meeting new people a must?
A: The website will pair you up with a range of traveling companions. Members can choose to either dwell alone or in the company of roommates.

Q: Will I be able to afford the cost of the trip?
A: It will take you 500-700 Euros per month for a tiny bed with no view in an elderly home. Why not spend the same amount of money on traveling with WWW.SENIORLOVE.ORG.HK?

Q: What if I do not wish to settle down and head home instead?
A: If a person wishes to head home, the entire train cabin may be attached again and "move on" with passing WWW.SENIORLOVE.ORG.HK trains that will stop by sponsored train stations.


Q: Where are the destinations?
A: The train starts at Hung Hom station in Hong Kong; it will then head to the north of China. We have selected these cities because they have been sponsored by the local municipality governments and their top local hospitals.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Hong Kong, China
Additional Credits: HONOURABLE MENTION, Professional category. Building Trust International Competition July 2012

 

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