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Creating ‘homes’ for senior residents with a middle east influence in Bankstown
The brief informing the project required the construction of a new Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) building comprising a one and two storey building with basement parking providing accommodation for up to 144 seniors.
The facility comprises a number of “homes” or wings which provide accommodation in the form of bedrooms each with en-suite (including a 32 bed secure high and low care dementia specific unit, a 47 bed low care unit and 61 bed high care unit), residents predominantly have a private room and en-suite with only four residents sharing two twin rooms (each with en-suite).
Resident support spaces include a wellness centre (comprising a spa, hairdresser, activity room and a consultancy room). Sitting, dining and sun rooms, balconies, verandas and outdoor courtyards, an activity room, staff support areas and staff facilities.
Of notable success is the apparent scale and siting of the project as the appearance from Allum Street belies the actual size of the project when viewed from the air. The target market identified by Bupa was predominantly of middle eastern origin. This characteristic informed the design. The built form and the interiors (with references to universal geometries), the serene courtyards, the use of tiles and glazed bricks.
While the landscape captured the notion of scented gardens and the use of water, interior spaces were themed around the Silk Road and spice routes of the middle east.
- CostA$19 million
- Site9,379 m²
- GFA7,409 m²