Psychoneurological residential home design

Task: to create a cozy interior for the residents of a psychoneurological home and develop guidelines to help recreate it at other institutions in Russia.

A psychoneurological residential home is a social institution that provides accommodation for people with special needs.

A residential home is first and foremost a home, and only then a medical facility, so the conditions here are as cozy as possible, making the residents feel comfortable and safe.

The identity developed for the Department of Labour and Social Protection of Moscow was adapted for the residential homes. The logo was used to create an unobtrusive pattern. Everything from souvenir products to interior elements is colored in welcoming colors.

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Residents of the homes can move around freely, but are often disoriented in time and space. Helping them find their way around is the completely intuitive wayfinding system that was previously developed for the My Career centers and specially adapted for the homes.

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The system is laconic and not overloaded with unnecessary details. The information is presented simply and clearly in large blocks. The residential home is friendly and open to each of its many visitors who come here to work or to visit residents.

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Some people living in the institution have special needs: some cannot see well, others can’t eat on their own and some need help standing up. A set of special pictograms was created to represent such needs. Their meaning is clear to the nursing staff but not obvious to other residents.


Seeing a pictogram above a resident’s bed, an employee will know its meaning (or check the memo booklet if needed), while others will see it as an ordinary picture.

Residents of training apartments get used to taking care of themselves. Here they learn simple but very important things: how to make their own tea, choose clothes when going out for a walk or make soup for themselves and their neighbors.

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Due to the nature of their illness, some of the residents risk harming themselves and need constant supervision and support. The document takes such specifics into account.

For example, the baseboard is located above the flooring which goes up the wall, while handrails are located along all paths.

Living conditions help to maintain or even further develop existing skills required for an independent life in society.

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Three interior design guides were developed in the studio: for psychoneurological residential homes, training apartments and gerontopsychiatric centers for the elderly. The guides are both versatile and highly detailed, they can be easily used in other facilities and contain everything that’s needed to implement and use the design.

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The studio wishes to thank Oksana Shalygina, Leila Rudnitskikh and Claudia Konson for their help with the project.

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