East Geelong, Victoria
$ 6.5 million
Since 2010 FMSA Architecture have been working in collaboration with the local community towards the establishment of a Hub for the East Geelong community and for Karingal – a not for profit organisation providing a range of services for people with a disability or mental illness, older Australians and those who are disadvantaged.
The new Eastern Hub provides day services for people with an intellectual disability integrated with community centre facilities open to the public. Inclusive by design and culture, the Hub can be accessed by all people within the community. The design solution focused on encouraging a positive interaction between people of different generations and backgrounds who may meet at the facility to eat, drink, garden, attend a course, training program, meeting, sporting event or even an after hours or weekend function.
The Hub includes a series of welcoming and engaging indoor and outdoor spaces including a community garden, cafe, specialised training kitchen, accessible toilets with hoists and large flexible multi-purpose rooms for hire including art rooms, computer room and classrooms open to the public as well as training and support agencies.
The new building also facilitates the provision of support and training services for people with a disability or disadvantage. It serves the needs of a wide range of inter-generational community groups who use the Centre as a meeting place.
Completed in April 2016, the Eastern Hub provides a great opportunity for people to meet in an inclusive environment that is both socially and environmentally sustainable.
Winner – 2017 Regional Building Awards – South West : Excellence in construction of Commercial Buildings over $6 m
Inclusive by design and culture, the Hub can be accessed by all people within the community.