The Circadian House: Hawkes House - Designing for Ageing

Cover Case Study 112

This Housing LIN Case Study no 112 is by Dean Hawkes, emeritus professor of architectural design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and an emeritus fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

It is the result of a joint presentation with Jeremy Porteus at last year's RIBA Research Symposium, Design for Ageing, at which they collaborated in a discussion of a house in Cambridge.

Although built in 1991, Hawkes House anticipates 'Circadian principles' and combines these with the dwelling needs of ageing occupants. This experience prompted the notion of further exploring the relevance of circadian design in this field.