Japara Healthcare’s proposed facility in Newport is a redevelopment of a once industrial site on Mason Street, flanked by residences on 2 sides and with a rear interface to the Newport Lakes Reserve. The aspirations for the project seeks to recast traditional notions of aged care and creatively integrate the facility to the community with a nod to the sites former use.
The new premises proposes a 4 level building accommodating 120 bedrooms, a range of communal spaces, ancillary support facilities, and a basement carpark. The design proposes a building which has open vistas and connections at street level dressed with an interplay of robust materials. The facades are highly modulated to maximize articulation and enhance the design response to the locality, with an aesthetic which leans more towards modern quality apartment buildings than traditional aged care built forms, acknowledging the future evolving demographic of the aged care sector.
The interiors will be far removed from traditional institutional spaces and are designed to be expansive and light filled. The internal environments are designed to actively promote wellbeing, openness and movement, whilst also providing a range of zones from discreet and intimate areas to more communal spaces designed for engagement. A main ‘street’ thoroughfare runs through at ground floor level, opening onto a rear terrace with a commanding outlook to Newport Lakes.