Baptcare Lalor Integrated Living Community
A porous seniors development integrating into the broader community
Surrounded by homogenous suburban residential, this project could have followed the standard pathway for modern seniors living. Instead Baptcare sought to create a more intergenerational and active offering; one that would give residents stronger connections to the surrounding community, provide a wider range of living choices and allow them to access amenities beyond their building.
“This development means delivering much needed quality aged care services and retirement living options to the Lalor community focusing on those people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”
Graham Dangerfield, Chief Executive, Baptcare
We considered this project within its context, as a new and integral part of the wider Mosaic Living Estate, almost a community within a community but without boundaries or divides that would segregate. We incorporated uplifting architecture rather than replicating the surrounding mass-built housing stock to breathe life into the local character. This higher level of design aesthetic sees independent living units and two-story apartment buildings engaging with the street. Mass is broken down into more articulated portions and buildings are oriented for maximum light and views.
We also wanted to link in with the neighbouring infrastructure with a mixed-use precinct at one end and a new sports field at the other.
Once complete the project will provide aged care for up to 120 residents. It is a dementia friendly, homelike environment, with a design centred around large courtyards for passive and active recreation and wayfinding. It creates small clusters of 15 residents within a larger floorplan providing intimacy, excitement in navigation and light, ventilation and views as you walk through. Each space is connected by large courtyards and gardens rather than paving.
In addition, 135 independent living residences in 7-star ESD single storey units or within a double storey apartment building offer 1 plus study, 2 and 3 bedroom options. All residents, as well as the local community will have access to a central community hub and a wellbeing centre.
“It’s fantastic to see an investment in our community for older residents that will provide them with greater choice in housing and support options as they age.”
Ricky Kirkham, Mayor, City of Whittlesea
The Mosaic Living Estate incorporates residential, childcare, a piazza, wetlands, sports field and a retail precinct. Baptcare’s integrated living community represents the missing piece of the puzzle and will deliver a wide range of senior living options for a truly transgenerational community. It introduces a wider variety of demographics, uses and activation within the estate and will allow older residents to access housing with higher levels of service and care without moving out of their communities.
50 Gillwell Road, Lalor VIC