The Sentul Elderly Centre is a proposal for a competition organised by KLCSI (Kuala Lumpur Centre for Sustainable Innovation). The centre is about empowering the elderly to live an active and sociable life by bringing together professional help and support from local community within a conducive environment. It aims to connect the elderly persons living in the local neighbourhood with the younger generation by bringing them together through various activities and programs.
The centre is a modest low rise structure of one and a half storeys, made deliberately so to evoke a sense of familiarity and friendliness. The low rise structure sits well within its residential surrounding at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac which consists mainly of old single and double storey houses. Spaces are planned around a central landscaped courtyard and all rooms face this central space, making it the heart of the building. The courtyard will be planted with trees, herbs and flowering plants maintained by volunteers in the local community.
The Sentul Elderly Centre is designed to provide various programs in the form of basic health aid, elderly care research and monitoring, and education. In terms of health support, the structure is designed to act as an intermediary between patients and hospitals. Health workers resides at the centre and see those who need basic medical advice. For more serious issues, an e-health system is available for communicating with doctors online. Educational programs such as talks, workshops, video screening will be held at the multi-purpose hall space, focusing on themes such as healthy habits and lifestyle, sustainable mobility and green design in general. The centre also has a small playroom and will be a place for children to come and play, and to learn.
The Sentul Elderly Centre uses simple passive design strategy to cool the spaces. The building and its openings and roofing are oriented carefully to minimise solar gain. Solar panels are mounted on roofs to generate electricity for its own consumption while fresh rain water is harvested in tanks located below the courtyard. These systems makes the centre a self-sufficient structure with little impact to the environment.