Headspace Adelaide

Client

Headspace

Completed

2016

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Budget

$ 1 M

Areas

Architecture
Interior Design

In 2015 FMSA was engaged by Headspace to design the fitout for their new youth services centre in Adelaide.  Headspace provides mental health and wellbeing services to 12 to 25-year old’s with a focus on mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

In response to extensive consultation with staff and users, our team designed and delivered a bright, sensitively planned solution that supports the specific needs of the young (12-25 year old) client group and the staff.

The new facilities also meet the rigorous demands of the headspace staff who provide much needed psychological and clinical services.  The design is a result of extensive consultation with the Headspace Adelaide staff to ensure that the spaces met their specific needs and the wider headspace organisational design standards and guidelines.

Utilising curved partitions to create spaces of different scales, and an uplifting colour palette, the centre included the design of medical consulting rooms, counselling rooms, group therapy, flexible education and gathering spaces, central reception and waiting areas, and staff offices and amenity spaces.

Recently the headspace Adelaide was recognised as a case study for best practice in designing spaces for young people in ‘Child & Adolescent Wellbeing & Violence Prevention in Schools’ published by Routledge.  The chapter and research titled ‘Enhancing the wellbeing of young people: The co-creation of a youth mental health space’ was undertaken in partnership with Flinders University, SWAPv Conference, headspace Onkaparinga.

The following key design solutions have been integrated in the solution:

  1. Staff office area includes 25% hot desks to accommodate several collocated agencies who use the space intermittently. The hot desks are located close to access stair, shared meeting room and phone booth. Acoustic wall panelling, workstation partitions and dedicated storage is provided for hot desk users.
  2. Group Kitchen doubles as a casual workspace with networked screen and sightlines to provide surveillance over common areas
  3. Client waiting areas are decentralised into 3 separate, discrete areas so they can be used as semi-private consultation spaces
  4. Group room contains flexible furniture and AV capability to accommodate a range of group activities
  5. Client accessible areas are designed to balance the needs of vulnerable clients with the safety and operational requirements of the staff.

Headspace Adelaide is the second project that FMSA has serviced for headspace including the Geelong and Greensborough centres.

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