Asher House is a high needs residential care facility for people living with an acquired brain injury.
The scheme is located in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Wynnum and comprises 12 residential units with ensuites, kitchenettes and private terraces; internal/outdoor common areas, and supporting facilities including a full kitchen, and a wet and dry therapy room.
The design parti revolves around the notion of “home” – the planning diagram is based on a home (private room) facing onto a street (corridor), organised around a central square (common living and dining room). Spatial variation, natural light and access to external views were prioritised to further de-institutionalise the space, as was the careful consideration of internal materials and finishes.
Wherever possible views are extended through to the landscape – there are no blind corridors, they all terminate in light and vistas, and the individual rooms are rotated against the boundary to elongate the view shed and make the most of the limited landscaping area available on a tight site.
Back of house and support areas are designed to provide efficient, hygienic and safe staffing and operation, unobtrusive supervision, and refuge and relief for staff when required.
For some Asher House will be home for the rest of their life and so we thought, what are the opportunities in the architecture to contribute to a life which is as joy filled, dignified and expansive.