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Monash Health Transition Support Unit

Navigation and orientation at heart of mental health facility design

This new single level, community-based service was developed within a residential neighbourhood in Narre Warren South, providing a 10-bed facility for residents with diverse care needs. The Monash Health Transition Support Unit is a domestic-scaled facility with a contemporary aesthetic, and a residential character. 

The facility has been planned as a series of three accommodation pods which are distinguished by different colour schemes, intended to assist with orientation, particularly for those residents with more severe intellectual disabilities. The floor plan has been designed as a series of corridors, which radiate outward from a central staff space and communal activity hub, creating sightlines that optimise the capacity for non-intrusive observation of residents by staff and enabling easy navigation by clients and visitors alike.

The facility features a range of communal indoor and outdoor spaces to enable residents to choose between larger, more social spaces and smaller, more intimate spaces, facilitating opportunities for social interaction as well as seclusion and privacy. A visitors’ lounge adjoins the entry foyer and provides a comfortable space for family and friends to spend time with residents, without intruding on the private areas within the facility.


Narre Warren VIC