Ruilin Xie

Into the Garden

Bootle is a traditional industrial city in history. See through the city fabric, along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, greenery is lacked in offering energy for the city. A green, peaceful and energetic garden, which will perfectly facilitated the city environment and seamlessly lent itself to elders living life.

Allotment Garden - central part of extra care home, view from garden to the entrance
Allotment Garden – central part of extra care home, view from garden to the entrance

This project chose timber, a kind of sustainable material to response to the existing wood resource on site. By returning to surrounding buildings’ height, low-2-storege buildings was decided and designed. Fifty rooms offer to Category 1 & 2 elders are designed into single and double-beds room, to fit possible multiple needs.

Canalside Block Plan - plan of one of buildings in extra care home
Canalside Block Plan – plan of one of buildings in extra care home

Not only for living, functions including commercial, health control, social and activities have been thought about in this project. The surrounding buildings protect but also encourage people to go inside to enjoy allotment garden, which will benefit the intergenerational and community communication during activities.