High levels of natural light and ventilation are the hallmarks of Tree Top Village in Newcastle, a retirement village with an inspirational design that achieves its goal through extensive use of VELUX Modular Skylights.
The award-winning ‘village’, designed by Architects ID Partnership, is the first of its kind in the UK and is focussed on delaying the onset of dementia.
High levels of daylight are achieved by a central four-storey atrium with a row of 60 VELUX ridgelights. Complementing this are 10 VELUX longlights that provide additional illumination in areas away from the atrium. All of which were installed by Glazing Systems & Installations Limited, one of our key installer partners.
In combination, the ridglelights and longlights help this exemplar mixed-use retirement village, managed by Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), make extensive use of natural light, which recent research shows has beneficial effects on the well-being and recovery rate of patients*.
The design was influenced by Dr. Hans Becker, a leading expert in the retirement industry. Meeting Dr Hans Marcel Becker’s philosophy involved designing the atrium and rooflights to create a ‘contemporary hotel-feel’, encouraging residents to actively engage and participate and ensuring each apartment overlooks the main thoroughfare, reinforcing the community feel.