OBFA Architects are working with the EU and a number of partner EU countries to highlight the importance of well designed homes, fit for all life stages.  In January 2021,  the EU Elderly Housing organisation Homes4Life presents its Pilot Awards to a number of housing projects leading a drive for EU Certification for life-cycle housing design.  OBFA are delighted to be among that group with our design of a demonstrator Elderly Housing with Supports Scheme at St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8.



Other EU participants in the project include Policy and Communications Officer Irina Kalderon from the European Commission (DG CNECT), Silvia Urra Uriarte: Architect, SmartEnCity, an IA, SCC1 project of Smart Cities and Communities, and coordinator of Homes4Life, a CSA around smart and integrated age friendly living environments.  


OBFA is the Design Team Lead on Ireland’s first citizen led elderly housing initiative, for our client Circle Voluntary Housing Association in collaboration with Dublin City Council, Alone, the Dept. of Housing and the Health Service Executive (HSE).  The collaboration between these organisations, with a citizen led design approach is integral to its success.





Poland, O Siebie Mimo Wieku, Case Study.  Speaker Jan Ciesla.

Translated as ‘About Yourself Despite Your Age’ this project features accommodation designed for people of all ages, that are safe, comfortable and easy to maintain.

Designed according to best practice regarding accessibility, health and wellbeing and equipped with modern devices making everyday life easier for older people and people with disabilities.  This first-time model apartment supports active and independent lifestyles, free from barriers and ready for upgrades in terms of equipment and amenities.

Homes4Life Pilot Award January 2021










Spain, Brisa Del Cantabrico, Case Study.  Speaker Sergio Murillo.

In Meruela, Cantabria, Spain a group of over 341 people (and counting) are thinking about the sunset of life, developing a residential space for older people under a cooperative regime that has been described as a non-profit social initiative. It is a self-promoted, self-designed and self-managed project. This project is designed for those who want to grow old in a lively, dynamic and participative community in order to continue enjoying decision-making autonomy, independence and dignity of care and quality as future dependent people.