The architectural design builds on the local residential language using pitched roof forms and timber construction. The distinctive timber paling fence and boxes project a friendly neighbourly face to the Dandenong residents.The pavilions are framed and clad in vertical black-butt timber slats. Timber was selected to provide warmth, texture, patterning, tactility and a non-institutional feel.
The pavilions also form a series of courtyards, avoiding the need to construct high institutional security walls. The reassuring normality of this arrangement is designed to provide therapeutic benefits and works harmoniously with a new model of care.
Collaborating with our client, we challenged the radiating and linear bedroom arrangements of traditional mental health facilities. We have created a non-institutional design solution based on well-crafted, human-scaled spaces with direct access to landscape, nature and light.