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Research question 2: How can the architecture of a hospice provide the right atmosphere so as to allow its users “the right to a good death"?

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Unitec Research Bank
  • New Zealand
  • Hospice Design
  • Hospices
  • Palliative Care
  • Death And Dying
  • Hospital Design
  • Chelsea’S Estate Heritage Park (Birkenhead, N.Z.)
  • Birkenhead (Auckland, N.Z.)
  • 120101 Architectural Design
  • 111799 Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified
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This research project endeavours to develop a design for a room and its supportive context that seeks to nurture a dying individual - dying that is supported by the architecture. While the concepts around death and dying are very taboo the design process here sensitively confronts and explores the journey of palliative care through its connection to nature at human scale, notions of protection and sanctuary away from the institution, scenes of intimacy and sensory qualities as well as social aspects of inwardness and outwardness. Site access is from Colonial Road, which passes through Chelsea’s Estate Heritage Park within proximity to North Shore Hospital and the City Hospital.

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