Chirnside Aged Care
Location: Chirnside, VIC, AU
Our design for our Chirnside Residential Aged Care was a response to site conditions. The client had a site located on a mid-grade slope overlooking Chrinside Park. Thextonsmith responded by putting the best, and the most challenging aspects of the site to use. As the site sloped to the north, the early decision was made to locate the carpaking and services levels to a semi basement under croft, we then freed up ground level for pick up/drop off, resident amenity and facility management. Levels 2 and 3 were left for resident living – totalling 140 beds. This design produced a tiered privacy model for the residents, with common uses to ground level and private uses to levels 1 and 2.
The strong horizontal form of the floor plates provides a simple and pleasing aesthetic that draws the eye to the building, whilst also creating a perspective that then draws the eye to the landscape beyond.
These strong horizontal forms are broken vertically by bronze sliding sun screens, further enhancing the composition, and providing functional sun and wind protection.
Whilst un-realised, Thextonsmith’s beautiful and elegant design proposal provides outlook toward the Yarra Ranges via. wrap around balconies, whilst also having two significantly sized internal courtyards providing sheltered outdoor living.