Monash Health Transition Support Unit

Navigation and orientation at heart of mental health facility design

Location: Bunurong Country, Narre Warren VIC
Status: Complete

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.