|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisor:||Prof. Emeritus Churchman Arza|
The objective of this research was to perform a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Nofim, a retirement housing building in Jerusalem, as a special case wherein the residents participated in the design process. The special conditions in Nofim allowed us to examine the level of the design quality as a consequence of the design process and if there is any connection between active participation and the residents' evaluation.
A comprehensive evaluation of all the physical characteristics of the building was undertaken to study whether the physical environment matches the needs and the preferences of Nofim’s residents.
The research methods were: Personal Interviews, Observations using the’ behavioral mapping technique and Professional inspection of the public spaces and the apartments.
Personal interviews were conducted with 70 residents (50% of Nofim’s apartments).
The research findings show that Nofim represents a successful example of housing for the elderly. Residents’ level of satisfaction is very high, because this environment matches the needs of this special group of elderly.
The most successful characteristics of Nofim are: location, organization and interior design of the public places, apartment organization, building materials, the residential character of the building and the variety of apartment types.
Some aspects of Nofim need to be improved in future buildings for the elderly: such as topographical placement, lack of open space, lack of an auditorium, south west apartments that are too hot, lack of a separate entrance to the services and to the nursing unit, bedroom’s size too small and lack of heating system in hallways.