Estia Health Twin Waters Aged Care
A fresh perspective creates strong connections to place
The Estia Health Twin Waters project required us to take a fresh look at an existing aged care facility design within the parameters of an approved building footprint. Our aim was to open up the site to engage with the separately operated retirement village next door to create a seniors precinct that would be anchored and integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood in a more meaningful way.
First, we had to massage the brief and design with the most minimal of changes to the approved footprint. Existing approved plans had the building essentially turning its ‘back’ on the neighbouring retirement village. We opened up the design to provide access and activation on all sides of the building, thus creating a strong arrival point for residents and guests but also creating new links to form a senior community.
Key to achieving the brief was to create a strong sense of place within the Sunshine Coast setting. Inside and out, the design spoke to its location. A celebration of light with a coastal materials palette, plantation shutters, timber battening and tropical landscaped courtyards and entry.
The new 114-bed facility features a sensory garden for those living with dementia, hairdressing salon, library, light-filled atriums and consulting rooms for visiting medical professionals.
The development sold out six months ahead of Estia’s expectations. The product was well received by locals who praised its high quality design and finish as adding value to the local character.
As a result of this project’s success, ClarkeHopkinsClarke were appointed to work with Estia Health on their next aged care project in Maroochydore.
190 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters QLD
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