As an extension of the Faison School for Autism, Baskervill designed a virtual village of support for young adults with autism spectrum disorders learning to live on their own. The Faison Residence is one of the first communities of its kind in the country, bringing young adults from all walks of life into one setting. The four-story building is home to 45 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units for residents with autism as well as residents from the compassionate care community like nurses and teachers. This integrated approach provides a controlled, safe environment for residents with autism to socially interact. A variety of common spaces, including a community room and outdoor patio, become junctions for casual and spontaneous mingling. Throughout the building’s design, minimizing sensory input was vital. Natural materials, soft and soothing color tones, and simple floors plans work together to create a calming space. Other features integrated into the design specifically for residents with autism include expansive windows for abundant natural light and colorful patterns in the corridors to provide visual cues.

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