About the Project
In a location like Chelmer the design brief was to create a high end protective community, the new 120 bed ageing in place facility is designed with careful consideration of the sites existing 1890s heritage house, beautiful landscapes with a large fig tree and the existing private residential homes that surround the area. To minimise visual impact from the street level of the three -story building, the bottom two levels of the building have been pushed back into the site, emphasizing a two-story structure at the front.
The central core of the building is based around an internal courtyard with views from the communal areas on all levels. This feature allows natural light into the building with the use of full height glass and creates a sense of warmth that responds to the wellbeing of the residents. From the central core are located three wings on each level for the residents bedrooms, which boasts a sophisticated palette of finishes and furniture.
Within the three story building, a wing of 45 beds is devoted to Dementia Care, with a separate living and dining area and external courtyard. The building also incorporates a ground floor lobby and access to the internal courtyard, with staff facilities, commercial kitchen and laundry, sales area, various sitting rooms on each level, activities room, cinema, day spa, hairdressers, café and family room which can be used by family and visitors. Nurse Stations, treatment areas and utility rooms are located centrally within the design to maximise staffing efficiencies. Whilst these areas provide essential care services they have been designed in such a way that they blend in well with the residential theming and do not have a clinical feel. There is one living and dining area per level centrally located with a cocktail lounge and external balcony on the third floor with the most magnificent views of the surrounding community and overlooking the river.
We must not forget about the beautifully renovated heritage house which offers a library, lounge area and private dining area for the residents to access directly from the new building. The interior design of the facility is a direct response from the neighboring area and considerate of the status of the existing heritage house. We wanted to create a space for the end user, where the residents become our inspiration to offer a warm and intimate community and not only age in place but grow in comfort.