Alfred Lane House Infectious Diseases

Pioneering a new model of care that supports the recovery & rehabilitation of patients

Location: Wurundjeri Country, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne VIC
Status: Complete

The Alfred Lane House Infectious Diseases Project transforms an under utilised 1960’s brick building at the Alfred Hospital into a calming and inclusive ward space and associated office space for clinicians, enabling the recovery & rehabilitation of HIV positive patients.

This new space at Alfred Lane House has been developed to support a new model of care being pioneered by the Alfred Hospital. Allowing patients with compromised immune systems who are "frequent flyers" in Intensive Care to access an intermediary clinical space which is outside the bounds of a typical inpatient ward on their recovery journey. This new 6-bed unit creates a second home for patients to continue their treatment and rehabilitation before being discharged to return home.

The design is wellness-focused and feels warm, mimicking a home-like environment. Using the standard Alfred Health interior palette as a starting point, we adapted their ward look and feel using salutogenic & biophillic design principles to create a more therapy-centric environment.

Calming green tones, timber look finishes and interior curves soften a rigid internal shell whilst large windows fill the ward with an abundance of natural light, framing the surrounding heritage buildings and providing views to nearby parks and heritage surrounds.

The clinical space includes therapy gym, patient lounge & kitchen facilities, 6 single bedrooms and associated support spaces including medication room, utility spaces and staff station. The ward has been located adjacent to the newly developed office spaces for infectious disease clinicians and researchers enabling patients close access to world class treatment. To support the new model of care the open plan office has been designed to enable contact tracing, telehealth appointments, collaborative research spaces and meeting rooms.