Building on a domestic model
Our design for Berengarra Aged Care meets practical objectives while also delivering a comfortable, intimate domestic space to create a desirable lifestyle for both living and working. The 90 bed facility is located on the St George’s Hospital site and includes two separate three-storey dwellings with private rooms and garden outlooks. It is designed to accommodate 30 residents per floor in smaller household pods with private rooms and access to medical, rehabilitation and allied health care services. The design achieves a balance of practicality and comfort by scaling up a familiar domestic model. The materials, form and scale move away from institutional models of long-term care towards a small scale, individualised design. From the pitched gabled roof and face brickwork to homely features like custom picture rails in bedrooms, the design language continuously conveys domestic familiarity. The design also references its residential environment by reflecting the architecture of Kew. The name itself, Berengarra, means land around Kew and was worked on closely with Wurundjeri Elder Gail Smith and the SVHM Aboriginal Health Unit.