Bloom

Architect
cht architects
Location
Clyde North Victoria, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses

Bloom

cht architects as Architects

Bloom reflects growing demand for more holistic aged care communities.

CHT is seeing a growing demand for holistic residential aged care communities , exemplified by our recent completion of a boutique aged care home called Bloom, located in the outer-Melbourne suburb of Clyde North.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

Commissioned by family-owned aged care provider Luson Health – and completed in October 2021 – the state-of-the-art residence responds to a burgeoning desire for aged care environments that better support the full range of social, recreational, aesthetic, and practical needs of aged care residents and their families.

From the outset, CHT set-out to inject the feeling of a community shopping strip into the facility, and this was created through the inclusion of elements such as a hairdressing salon, allied health suites, a cinema, gym, library and shared outdoor spaces – all of which provide convenience for residents, while facilitating social engagement and interaction.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

Collaboration
Through CHT Architects’ collaboration with Fynnan Construction, SORA Interior Architecture & Design, and bespoke procurement company Detail Furniture + Lighting – the Bloom project has been designed and built to provide a range of modern living and lifestyle facilities more commonly associated with a luxury hotel or high-end retirement community.

According to David Carabott, Managing Director of CHT Architects, the development responds to Luson’s brief to create “a modern environment that is inspiring and engaging – supporting independent living with professional care, while fostering a sense of home and community”.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

“Each of the spacious private rooms includes an ensuite and abundant natural light, and there are also areas in the development dedicated to private dining and extended levels of clinical care,” David said.

“At the same time, residents are encouraged to engage in entertainment activities and social interaction, through the inclusion of shared amenities such as a cinema, café, gym, library, guest lounge and central dining area, as well as extensive outdoor entertaining areas and gardens.”

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

Green-field site
Built on a green field site at the gateway of a new subdivision development, the double-storey Bloom project features underground parking and underground service areas that include a laundry, staff rooms and maintenance facilities.

“We sited the main building axis with a north/south orientation, to ensure all residents enjoy generous sunlight, and the rooms have been arranged into wings, which branch out from a two-storey entrance volume,” David explained.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

“Nurse stations and other support functions are discretely distributed throughout the residence to provide for maximum staff efficiency through reduction of staff travel.”

David said the exterior design uses pitches roofs, standing seam cladding and vertical fenestration, in “a gentle composition that evokes the rural context of the site”.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

Cost-efficiency
David believes his company’s vast experience and access to in-house architecture, construction, interior design, and procurement functions, ensured the project ran “seamlessly and cost-effectively, resulting in the best possible client collaboration and end-user outcomes”.

“Through careful planning, efficient floorplans and smart material selection, as well as efficient and durable construction methodology and façade treatment, we were able to complete the project with great cost-efficiency.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

“This is an outcome of CHT having resources and efficient collaboration practices with the project team to plan, design and construct the entire project – which led to enormous cost-efficiencies, streamlined communication and enhanced collaboration with the client group,” he said.

“Having a single point of contact made the design and build experience much more pleasant for the client too.

“The client also liked the fact that ESD was integral to our design from the start – not an add-on – which has increased the project life cycle and will reduce operating costs.

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca

Sector-specific planning
David said that innovative design ideas and sector-specific forward planning for the project – in close collaboration with the client – led to design elements that promote staff comfort and wellbeing, while lowering ongoing running and staff costs.

“For example, due to our establishment of continuous feedback loops with the client, we were able to incorporate a COVID-safe contingency into the design, including integrated, easy-to-service sanitation stations and the ability to ‘close-off’ wings of the building if required,” he said.

“Our continuous review of staff and food models also informed many of our design decisions, such as having more storage cupboards closer to rooms and ensuring the access of the kitchen to rooms was as efficient as possible, to maximise food freshness and staff efficiency.”

photo_credit Oliver Lagasca
Oliver Lagasca
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