Taking a fresh look at nursing home designs

Architecture firms roped in for project to improve facades and living environments

The facade of a nursing home in Yew Tee was repainted last May after a resident who lived nearby complained that it was an eyesore. A project is now under way to come up with designs that can help nursing homes blend with high-density neighbourhoods,
The facade of a nursing home in Yew Tee was repainted last May after a resident who lived nearby complained that it was an eyesore. A project is now under way to come up with designs that can help nursing homes blend with high-density neighbourhoods, while providing quality care for seniors. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

After the Ministry of Health (MOH) built a new nursing home in Yew Tee last year, a nearby resident complained that it was an eyesore.

He was so upset with the "gaudy yellow and green trim" of the nursing home's facade that he complained to the area's Member of Parliament Lawrence Wong and even wrote to the media.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Taking a fresh look at nursing home designs'. Print Edition | Subscribe