Central Park Nurshing Home, Extension & Refurbishment, 101 Punt Road, Prahran, VIC

role Architecture, Interior Design value $5 million area 2,400m² completed date ongoing client Japara Healthcare

An existing 5 storey aged care facility owned by Japara Healthcare is to be upgraded with the addition of two additional floors, whilst the building continues to operate and provide services for over 100 residents. The two new levels will provide a new residential floor with 26 individual rooms and a landscaped roof garden level which will contain planting and a walking circuit to give all residents a valuable outdoor area.

Within the existing building, all residential units that are currently shared will be upgraded to provide single rooms with en suites. Up to date fittings and finishes will upgrade and modernise the units throughout the facility.

With close collaboration and co-ordination with the project’s consulting engineers the building has been meticulously laid out to maximise the space available within an unorthodox existing structural grid. Extensive negotiation with the authorities achieved Town Planning approval and developed detail design.

Externally the buildings materials have been chosen to be hard wearing and functional as well as providing a new rhythmic play across the façade surfaces. Rather than continue the existing flat façade pattern of brickwork and glazing, the extension is expressed by the set out of metal cladding across the top of the facades with the new level of accommodation characterised by partially inset windows set in a coloured wall. The extension provides a ‘hat’ to the building, improves the buildings proportions and provides an updated identity for the building. At the rooftop level timber and stone are abundant in the landscaped garden providing hard wearing and tactile surfaces.

The roof garden has interactive qualities; views back out over the city and multi-purpose areas providing flexible spaces for resident’s privacy and enjoyment.