The new development for St Vincent’s Care Services in Kew offers 26-bed Palliative Care Hospice and 135-bed Residential Aged Care Facility set within the splendid surrounds of Studley Park. The outlook across natural settings of Kew and to the city skyline are a sight to behold.
Designed with wellness in mind, the spaces and service offerings are focused on assisting residents to thrive by placing a great importance on their well-being and comfort. Lifestyle and socialisation spaces, such as the library, cinema, gym, salon, private dining and cafe allow residents to meet, recreate, celebrate and share values.
In response to our client’s need for a world class facility and a space that creates a sanctuary for patients and relatives in both physical and emotional turmoil. The Aged Care Interiors by MDC and the Palliative Care interiors by Smith+Tracey was designed using sensory calming textures and colours to assist the counselling and grieving process, aid in emotional healing and reposition the patients state of mind and spiritual peace.
Through our research and gathering of historical reference material to inspire our design approach, we recognise the importance of the building’s contribution to the legacy of St Vincent’s Health Australia and it’s associated care organisations; and Kew’s ‘place’ for providing care within the local community.
As a not-for-profit organisation with limited budget, a restrained but purposeful project execution was critical; the result is an honest and life celebrating outcome that aligns with St Vincent’s care vision.
“Smith + Tracey architects delivered beyond our expectations, the new Palliative Care facilities, including a new chapel and an outdoor area for First Nations smoking ceremonies, promote a sense of welcoming, calm and emotional safety, with access to space, fresh air, natural light and peaceful surroundings.
The attention to detail throughout the project by Smith + Tracey and the sensitivity shown for the needs of our patients has resulted in a wonderful built form with internal and external spaces that provides joy and pleasure for all that come to SVHM in Kew. This redevelopment is especially important to SVHM as we wanted to continue to provide exemplary care.”
Design Manager – ACMD | Aikenhead Decant St Vincent’s
Finalist & Runner-up
10th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards
Category: Facility of the Year – Residential Aged Care’ for ‘best residential aged care facility that demonstrates improvement in quality of life for older adults’.