IKEA is designing homes adjusted for people with dementia

IKEA is designing homes adjusted for people with dementia

swedish furniture giant IKEA has partnered with construction company boklok to launch affordable, flat-pack housing for people suffering with dementia. called ‘silviabo’ homes, the residential sites will include therapeutic gardens and mirror-less bathrooms. other design considerations include kitchen appliances with old-fashioned knobs to improve accessibility, while gardens and clubhouses aim to encourage socializing and time spent outdoors.

IKEA is designing homes adjusted for people with dementia



the houses have been designed by boklok, a company co-owned by IKEA and swedish construction firm SKANSKA. the IKEA subsidiary started the ‘silviabo’ project in 2015 backed by queen silvia of sweden, its namesake. according to CNN, boklok is in the early stages of launching silviabo in sweden and is starting to talk to local governments about land and zoning.



IKEA hopes it can save the government money with its efforts by catering towards those suffering from the disease which affects up to 25,000 swedes every year. so far, the company has built a small pilot with six apartments just outside stockholm. silviabo also plans to offer a version of its home catered to newly-retired 65-year-olds, with small adjustments and the options to add certain accessibility functions.

IKEA is designing homes adjusted for people with dementia


project info


company: IKEA

project: silviabo

location: sweden

  • Great to see this growing user group helped to great housing. Are you familiar with the Open Building principle of being able to easily update homes to user needs without needed change to the base building? Circular due to follow natural change patterns. https://thematicdesign.org/blog/ shows some of the 40 years of projects I love IKEA and Skanska join to implement.

    Remko Zuidema says:
  • A good solution for this growing demographic. Old-fashioned appliances and therapeutic gardens are great. Hopefully more colour-contrast is being used in the actual kitchens/interiors, so people with dementia can continue to see end of the rooms and the placement of the furniture.

    Manon Scheffer says:
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden – just a little correction…

    Sophie says:

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