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Jewish Care (Victoria) New multi-level aged care

Jewish Care (Victoria) New multi-level aged care

April 2014_St Kilda Rd Vic

Jewish Care (Victoria) aim to set a new benchmark in multi-level aged care with the first stage of their St Kilda Road facility redevelopment comprising a 9 - storey integrated aged care + community care building.

The new aged care facility will be located on the Punt Road half of the site and will address Union Street with a grand undercroft drop off and entry zone. The ground and first floor levels provide community related functions and resident lifestyle facilities including cafe, hairdresser, pharmacy, community care office, interview spaces, medical and wellness centre, community function rooms, synagogue, day therapy, education and training centre.

The ground floor entry lobby offers visitors, families, staff and residents the opportunity for multi - generational interaction, very important in the Jewish culture. Visitors are greeted at a central service desk and provided direction to the relevant function within the building. The lobby extends in a curvilinear double height gallery space around a large ovular courtyard space. Most of the community facilities, circulation routes and lifts are organised around this grand gallery. Car parking and service areas are accommodated in a basement below.

The residential aged care homes are arranged in two wings either side of a central core incorporating living and dinning areas on levels 2 - 8. Jewish Care offer 3 standards of accommodation - traditional (concessional), classic and choice, the latter being double sized with separate bed and living rooms. A future rooftop club service facility and roof garden is planned to crown the complex.

The architectural form clearly expresses the delineation of ‘podium’ community services, an intermediate band of standard residential rooms and an upper structure housing the premium rooms. All residential levels feature access to a common enclosed wintergarden to the north - east providing valuable ‘green’ breathing space for residents on upper levels who may not be able to enjoy the benefits of the ground level outdoor spaces.

Orrong Road Apartments

Orrong Road Apartments

July 2013_Toorak Vic

A boutique development incorporating 10 large luxury apartments in a 4 storey building in a tree-lined section of Orrong Road, Toorak. 

The development features two adjoined buildings, each with their own address and street entry. The exclusive southern building comprises 2 large individual full-floor-plate dwellings and a duplex penthouse at the upper level, all with direct lift access into each unit’s private lobby. The northern building accommodates 6 generous apartments and a single level upper penthouse with extensive roof terraces.

All units feature front and rear exposure, taking advantage of both the special street tree-canopied environment to the east and distant city views from the upper levels to the west.

A shared basement provides secure car parking for all units.

The development is targeted at the high end of the Toorak apartment market and as such is presented with quality finishes including stone cladding, rendered surfaces, extensive double-glazed windows and glass balustrades in a high quality contemporary design.

 

Thomas Carr College Year 7 & 8 Centre Update

Thomas Carr College Year 7 & 8 Centre Update

May 2013 _ Tarneit Vic

The new Years 7 & 8 building at Thomas Carr College provides a teaching environment for contemporary modalities of learning. This building includes 20 new flexible class rooms, large break-out areas, demonstration kitchen, science labs, teacher’s offices and student facilities. The in-built flexibility will allow for multiple teaching approaches from small groups to whole of year level gatherings. The building is orientated around a north facing courtyard. Large doors from the breakout spaces allow for these areas to be connected to the courtyard allowing students to easily move between indoor and outdoor learning. 

The architectural form expresses this fluidity in planning through continues folding elements connecting the roof and walls. The building materiality draws from the neighbouring context with brickwork and metal cladding used and also emphases the folding language. At the upper level large saw tooth rooves are used to provide highlight windows to all the class rooms which allow for plenty of natural light and ventilation. This project is the first building of a new master plan for the school to meet its future needs.

St Lawrence Primary School Stage 2 Completed

St Lawrence Primary School Stage 2 Completed

March 2013 _ Derrimut Vic

Stage 2 Completed Stage 3 in Progress

Stage 2 of the Master Plan development for this new Primary School in the Western growth corridor of Melbourne was completed in March, 2012.

The client brief was to provide a stimulating learning environment that enhanced the educational outcome for its students, whilst providing a resource facility for Community usage.

The design outcome included 8 No. flexible learning spaces linked with each other and transitioning into a multi- purpose communal space including a large wet area. Break-out spaces and outdoor learning areas are also incorporated into this adjustable Senior Learning Cluster.

Environmental design features such as natural lighting orientation, natural ventilation / purging, water harvesting, thermal performance and energy efficient fittings enhances the sustainability and comfortable use of this facility.

The building form and materials selection complements the existing Stage 1 Junior Learning Cluster and Administration Centre around the landscaped student courtyard that is the focal centre of the Master Plan.

 

Tactile Panel – Dementia House, Mercy Bethlehem

Tactile Panel – Dementia House, Mercy Bethlehem

March 2013 _ Bendigo Vic

smith+tracey designed, constructed and installed this new tactile panel for the residents in the recently completed Dementia house in Mercy’s new Bethlehem ACR. Both residents and staff greatly appreciate this addition, loving to feel the different textures and fiddle with the knobs, latches and switches.

The board was designed to be practical for a tactile experience and to appear like a work of art for the wall adjacent a small sitting/activity space.

 

St Therese Primary School Update

St Therese Primary School Update

March 2013 _ Essendon Vic

The Administration Upgrade and extension at St Therese Primary School in Essendon provided an opportunity for an updated school identity to the public and street interface.

The architectural form references the school’s identity through the patron saint St Therese and her associated motif of the red rose. This is done by using the mathematical diagram of rose geometry. This geometry is used in the shapes of the windows and wall panel patterning and colour. The rose and rose geometry is a historical motif used in much religious architecture in particular the large rose stained glass windows seen in many gothic cathedrals.

The building includes new offices for the school principal, senior and administration staff, a new reception for students, parents and visitors and a much needed enlarged and upgraded staff room and amenities for all staff members to use.

The building materiality of concrete precast panels provided an economical building method which allowed for a strong expression of form becoming both an identifiable entry point to the school and a starting point of buildings enclosing the school’s central courtyard.

 

St Bernards College Visual Arts Centre Recently Completed

St Bernards College Visual Arts Centre Recently Completed

March 2013 _ Essendon Vic

Recently completed, the new Visual Arts Centre at St Bernards College  provides the students + teachers with an exciting facility featuring flexible art spaces opening off a central gallery.

Food Technology Labs are also incorporated. The Gallery + Art rooms enjoy access to large terraces located behind and impressive curvilinear perforated steel screen wall featuring multi-coloured ‘crayon’ elements.

 

 

 

Eltham East Primary School Stage 2 Completed

Eltham East Primary School Stage 2 Completed

March 2013 _ Eltham East Vic

Stage 2 Completed Stage 3 in Progress

The existing school at Eltham had a series of out-of-date buildings scattered around the steeply sloping grounds presenting it’s own series of issues of disconnection between buildings, security, passive overview and lack of available flat areas for new construction and play.

Eltham East is a State school and the DEECD has a strict area entitlement system and per sqm cost which is closely monitored by Arup. The building renewal and refurbishment project has provided new learning and staff facilities offering a variety of indoor and outdoor educational opportunities greatly improving the amenity, connectedness and learning environments.

Environmental design features such as natural lighting orientation, natural ventilation / purging, water harvesting, thermal performance and energy efficient fittings enhances the sustainability and comfortable use of this facility.

The building program has advanced as follows;

Stage 1 - Temporary Admin / Refurbishment of Gym / Demolition

Stage 2 -11 GPLA Building / Specialist Building / Amphitheatre

Stage 3 - New Administration Building / Retro-fit Library

Cost $5.5M, Stage 1 & 2 buildings are now occupied and the builders, Rydell have commenced the last phase of work for
May 2013 completion.

Kolby College VCE Centre Completed and Occupied

Kolby College VCE Centre Completed and Occupied

March 2013 _ Greenvale Lakes Vic

Completed and occupied for Term 1 2013, the new VCE Centre provides the school with a dedicated sophisticated senior Learning Hub. The building features 2 large central common learning and circulation areas incorporating sculptural coloured stairs, a large double height volume and triangulated timber panels to walls and ceiling. A multi-coloured perforated metal screen wraps the North facade for sun-screening and glare control.