The development of the KOPWA Residential Aged Care Facility will provide a high amenity home and community for seniors, where residents can enjoy a tangible connection to outdoor spaces and landscape. It will be developed over two stages – Stage 1 sees a new facility built to home the existing residents and Stage 2 will see the existing facility demolished and an additional new wing constructed. This strategy allows the facility to maintain current occupancy of 54 beds before expanding to a 102 bed capacity.
The proposals respond to the scenic and historic residential context and the sensitivities of adjoining properties. It has been specifically designed to dovetail with the existing heritage character of Roseville, and take advantage of the change in levels across the site. Due to council requirements, the development will be sensitively integrated with an existing dwelling from the inter-war period which is to be retained and which will in turn, become an integral part of the new facility.
The massing of the development is broken into separate buildings to reduce the perceived bulk and establish a more domestic human scale when seen from the street, keeping the development in line with the local urban residential scale. The buildings are arranged to define a series of open spaces for the communal enjoyment of residents with the breaks and transparency in built form establishing visual links between these communal spaces.