A 126-room residential aged care facility featuring the work of architectural firm Jackson Teece has been named a finalist in the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards' Public Architecture category.
The $36m Paling Court facility is a new 8,700 sqm residential aged care facility for Carrington Care adjacent to historic Carrington House in Camden, representing the only aged care facility nominated in this year's NSW Architecture Awards.
Paling Court's focus was on providing a ‘deinstitutionalised’ experience through quality environments that enjoy abundant natural light, cross ventilation and views while being of a domestic character for its residents. The topography of the site, orientation, heritage Cottage (Grassmere), existing vegetation and trees determined the built form; the majority of rooms face east west due to the longer boundaries being orientated in this direction which feature greater screening and sun protection.
The design responds to the changing topography by stepping down across the site and locates the accommodation around three distinctive courtyard spaces of varying character. The central courtyard provides a 'classic' cloister as a framed landscaped setting for the retained heritage significant Grasmere Cottages.
The building form housing a northern and southern wing with a low rise linking element was largely developed as a response to the Grasmere Cottage. It was important to create this curtilage and still maintain the views from the cottage to the district. The community and public areas are located around the cottages hence creating a dialogue between the new and the old and extending the amenity offered to residents, while the decision to retain the significant eucalyptuses and spotted gums located to the north and south meant the final form of the residential building was shaped around them.
The elevational treatment and the scale of the proposed development are sympathetic to the surrounding buildings while presenting a contemporary appearance. The building form and palette of building materials to be used are consistent with the urban morphology of the surrounding campus, hence the use of largely natural materials such as stone, masonry, timber and concrete. The use of these materials not only compliments the nearby heritage buildings but also the semi rural setting. The north and south wings have rooms arranged around two courtyards.
By adopting this approach, the rooms are located only on one side of the main circulation routes. This allows daylight into the circulation areas, creating a light, pleasant and natural environment. The users of the building will enjoy the benefits of views to the courtyards as they move around the building and energy consumption will be reduced with less reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours.
Individual rooms are all located on the outside face of the building with private open spaces maximising all views including those towards Camden, Carrington House and vistas into tree canopies; whilst the corridors are visually linked to the central courtyard, creating active spaces with opportunities for social and visual interaction.
A café, pharmacy and beauty salon provide broader services to the residents.
A range of care services is provided at the facility, including Low Care, High Care, Memory Care and Transitional Care. The upper-most level provides a premium level of accommodation and access to a roof garden. While the facility presents a large, extended space, the focus is on providing a domestic 'homely' character.
In addition to the living spaces provided within the residential aged care facility there is also a training facility and a small number of apartments for use by visiting staff or University students and/or relatives of residents.
The winners of the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards will be announced at a presentation on 1 July in Sydney.
About Jackson Teece
Jackson Teece combines experience with cutting-edge expertise to respond thoughtfully to the challenges posed by the urban landscape.
Established in Sydney in 1971, the company employ fifty staff with offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. It has delivered quality solutions for a broad spectrum of clients with projects ranging from less than $500 000 to more than $200 million. The company's work is characterised by its commitment to environmentally sustainable outcomes for all projects, and the integration of the aesthetic, the practical and the commercial.