Applauded for “re-defining institutional style aged care” by an Australian Institute of Architects awards jury, Parkview embodies important advances being made in the aged care sector. Thoughtful material use helps establish a resort-like apartment living environment.
White painted interiors provide a blank canvas ready for artwork and personalised spaces, while timbers create a warm feel and contribute to acoustics.
Carpeted corridors preclude hospital like echoes. Windows and louvers are thoughtfully positioned to maximise light, ventilation and resident safety. Externally, elements like steel roofing and block work provide colour and texture without the need for maintenance.
Design an aged care building for a community, aligned with the Wesley Mission’s philosophical goals of eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom in residential aged care. Create housing for 144 high care residents as well as provide an outpatient therapy centre, kitchen facility, community meeting spaces and related retail areas.
The building has three distinct components: two accommodation wings and a service centre’. The design articulates each individual unit as a slightly separate entity concentrating on the vertical arrangement.
Lightweight materials are preferred. The lower floor is expressed as a more solid singular expression of a podium using concrete, split face block and stone.
The roof design separates bedroom function from public spaces using higher ceilings, while clerestory glazing brings light and ventilation. Emphasis was placed on the ability to control access to the building and the sections within it.
Internal and external passages, pathways and common areas are designed to avoid unnecessary dead ends, be wide and well lit, and uncluttered and comfortably furnished. The layout reduces resident confusion and helps avoid a sense of uneasiness felt by some residents when they are unable
- 2011 AIA Queensland State Architecture Award: Multiple Housing
- 2011 AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Award: Multiple Housing
SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
Parkview, Wheller Gardens has been successful in achieving two commendations from the Australian Institute of Architects Brisbane Regional and State Awards 2011.
Both awards recognised the facility as Multiple Housing (the category of awards) and the citation from the Jury Director, Malcolm Middleton described the facility as “re-defining institutional style aged care through sensitive and well considered design. Based around landscaped courtyards, the articulated corridors and rooms capture views, breezes and light, creating a feeling of warmth for its 144 residents.
Thoughtful detail creates a sense of home while welcoming in the broader community.” Middleton also noted that “Retirement living is a growth area and standards are variable in this sector with the best projects really delivering places of value not just of interim care”.
HI-LIGHT INDUSTRIES, ARCHITECTURAL SCREENS
ALUMINIUM FRAMED WINDOWS AND DOORS
CAPRAL ALUMINIUM LTD
OUTDOOR STRUCTURES AUSTRALIA, STRUCTURES AUSTRALIA DECKWOOD
CONCRETE COLOUR SYSTEMS
TIMBER: BORAL TIMBER
LINOLEUM AND VINYL: ARMSTRONG FLOORING PTY LTD, ALTRO SAFETY FLOORING
COMPRESSED FIBRE CEMENT: JAMES HARDIE WALL & FLOOR PRODUCTS, HARDIFLEX
METAL SHEETING: BLUESCOPE STEEL, BLUESCOPE LYSAGHT
TILES: GRANITO TILES
GLASS & GLAZING
ROLLER BLOCKOUT FABRIC
HARDWARE AND JOINERY
PAINTS AND FINISHES