As the population ages, different forms of social services have been increased to meet the various needs of elders. Located in the Tai Po district, New Territories, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Cadenza Day Care Centre for the Elderly is a multi-service centre that aims at offering fundamental health care through a range of one-stop personalized services delivered from the users point of view. The Centre is comprised of Day Care Centre and Health Care Centre for the Elderly members to enjoy positive aging. Day Care Centre is designed with “Closely Caring” in mind, with facilities including Canteen, Lounge, Wandering Path and Multi-function Room. Health Care Centre is designed to offer a leisurely area, through facilities such as Co-Location Area, Chinese Medicine and Care Centre, Cake Shop, Lecture Rooms, Computer Rooms, Demo-Kitchen, etc. The new Centre is situated in the Ground Floor of an aged Public Housing Estate, originally used for Carpark and Amenities. The Ceiling height is low with Thick Gigantic Columns and Beams, run through with Long Corridors. The Interior Design Concept is the incorporation of a Plasticity of Curvilinear Forms, giving a sense of a Natural Flow of Space. All the undesirable Gigantic Beams and Columns are concealed in curvilinear forms, matching with a Large Extent Application of Round Corners for additional safety. Concealed Handrails and Barrier-Free Access for extra User-Friendliness for the Elderly and Wheelchair Users. The major colour tone is natural off-white colour blending in with Light White Oak Timber. Lounge Leisure Area on the other hand is accentuated with Timber Shading. Lighting Design is Non-glare, concealed lighting for warm, intimate and homey ambience.
Barrie Ho, the Founder and Director of the Hong Kong based architects firm Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors Ltd (BHA), is one of the most influential architectural designers of his generation practicing today. Frequently described as �young at age, high in seniority�. Ho received his design education at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with a Master�s Degree in Architecture with distinction and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies (1st Honor). He has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design with commendation as well as a Diploma in Design. From 2003 to this day, Ho has proudly won over 30 design awards at the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, Hong Kong Designers� Association Awards and Perspective Design Recognition Awards. He was also awarded Outstanding Greater China Design Awards for 3 consecutive years between 2006 and 2008. Personal accolades include Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2005, Ten Outstanding Designer Award 2005, Vocational Training Council Honorary Fellow, one of the recipients of the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2007, and was among the inaugural 40 Under 40 selection by Perspective Magazine that recognises young design talents in the Greater China region. Ho�s furniture designs have also won numerous acclaims: MING Collection furniture was awarded the international 2007 ADEX Award for Design Excellence; while ZEN Collection was awarded Hong Kong Designers Association Awards 07 - Gold Award (Category of Furniture), Fortune China Magazine�s 2007 China�s Most Successful Designs Award, and 4 awards at 2008 ADEX Award for Design Excellence. From 2000 to 2005, Ho was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association. In 2002, Ho was the Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre and as the Vice Chairman at HKDC Board of Directors in 2004. Ho was also the Advisor of the Professional Services Promotion Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 2003-2006, Advisor of Academic Advisory Committee of HK Polytechnic University since 2003 as well as the member of the Hong Kong Design Institute Advisory Board of IVE, VTC since 2004, and Guest Curator of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum 2004-2005, when he performed his curatorial duties for �Spaces and Places� � an exhibition showcasing works from 4 architects-cum-artists � from July to December 2005. Ho is also a visiting lecturer at various universities and institutes in Hong Kong and is frequently invited to be Guest Speaker of International Design Conferences and Seminars. From 2005 to 2007, Ho is the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the International Architectural Design Competition for the Hong Kong Design Institute. Currently, Ho is a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Association, as well as a founding member of the Professional and Senior Executives Association.