Retirement & Ageing - Aged Care Mandurah
A design influenced by the need to protect the open spaces from the notorious ‘Fremantle Doctor’
Located in Mandura, Western Australia, a coastal town of approximately 50,000 people and one of the fastest growing regional towns in WA, Tall Trees commissioned us to design a retirement home. It was to be six buildings in total with an additional leisure centre.
The challenge for us was that it was located in a new state, one that we had never designed in before, and it would be a new design environment to get familiar with. We underwent extensive research to understand the sense of ‘place’ and how we could interpret this in our design.
Our designs were influenced by traditional architecture with articulated facades – the typical front porches with a strong art deco presence. Our approach was to incorporate traditional construction materials of brick, natural stone and rammed earth.
The design was also strongly influenced by the need to protect the open spaces from the notorious ‘Fremantle Doctor’, a consistent wind that blows from the south-west during the summer months often blowing between 15 and 20 knots.
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