Discussion | Architecture for alluring retirement villages

Retirees move into retirement villages seeking accommodation more suited to them than their current homes. Being their last property, there is little room for compromise. When essential features and amenities align with their affordability, the proposition becomes compelling and irresistible.

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Patrick Ong discusses Inertia in Aged Care Archetypes

Why are we still discussing improvements to aged care accommodation in Australia? After all, few were surprised by the recent Royal Commission’s report recommending smaller resident groupings.

The answer to the preceding question is likely, “institutional creep”, a tendency for operations to drift away from an unfamiliar ideal and back to established ways*.

“It’s always, always, always easier to do things the usual way …” Dr Bill Thomas.

Institutional creep can be addressed through establishing well-defined goals at the inception of a project followed by an uncompromising pursuit by the project team to maintain those goals. Minimizing institutional creep requires an experienced design team with a competent understanding of operations and practical solutions. A team skilled to manoeuvre cynicisms into constructive outcomes.

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ACGP – Creating a community

Recently Director Greg Anson presented the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project at the Innovation in Social Housing seminar hosted by the Australian Housing Institute. The presentation focused on how the architectural response helped to create a community.

Since opening in 2013, the development has fostered a strong and vibrant community that enriches the lives of the people who live there and the community around them. The project is a a leading example of our design philosophy at work – creating opportunities for better experiences through socially responsive architectural solutions.

The proof that this approach delivers ongoing value is best expressed by the community of the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway. We recently interviewed the residents and PPHA staff about their experiences and the social benefits this development has achieved.

Watch the video below to learn how the architectural solution created a community.


Roberts Street Apartments official opening

Opened on 21st September date by the Minister for Housing Robert Wynn, the $11.6 million Roberts Street Public Housing redevelopment provides 47 new homes for older residents in a safe and environmentally sustainable environment.

The redevelopment sees the ageing 1960’s public housing old bedsit units located in Northcote redeveloped into new secure 1.5 bedroom apartments, which include a flexi room to accommodate a carer or be used for storage. Units are also adaptable for people with a disability. Congratulations to all involved in the Roberts Street project!


Cumberland View Retirement Village Community Centre

FMSA Architecture and FMSA Interiors have recently undertaken upgrade works to existing facilities at the Cumberland View Retirement Village Community Centre. The completed works include the refurbishment of the entry foyer and reception areas, offices, lounge area, café, multi-purpose hall, stage, kiosk, corridors and toilets including the selection of all furniture, lighting and artwork.

Works currently in progress on the facility include the design of a new glazed conservatory, outdoor terraced areas, refurbishment of the gymnasium and swimming pool facilities.


Ageing Asia Investment Forum

On 5th and 6th April the first Asian conference specifically related to housing and services for Asia’s ageing population was held in Singapore. Michael Fooks of our practice was invited as a guest speaker in his capacity as an architect with specialist knowledge in independent senior living communities and aged care facilities.

The Forum was a business event for CEOs and senior level decision makers to discuss investment and partnership opportunities. Its focus was on key growth industries such as Property, Aged Care & Nursing, Healthcare, Wellness and Finance and Investment that were likely to benefit from capturing Asia’s 1.2 billion ageing baby boomers with high disposable income.

The panel of speakers represented pioneers and experts in the ageing market from China, India, Europe, USA, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Forum is scheduled to become an annual event to be held in the various capital cities of Asia.