YoungCare Coomera Extension

Residential & Community
Wesley Mission Brisbane

YoungCare Coomera is a home for young people living with a disability who have high and complex care needs. Each resident has their own one bedroom apartment in which they can live independently, within a supportive environment and vibrant community.

RESIDENTIAL EXTENSION PROJECT INVOLVING THE ADDITION OF FOUR NEW APARTMENTS TO THE EXISTING SEVEN AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT SPACE. COMPLETION 2017.

 

The original brief was to simply replicate the existing apartment layouts, but early studies indicated this approach was prohibitive within the project budget. Following an analysis of the existing layouts (to understand what worked well and what didn’t in relation to liveability and operationally), Archipelago redesigned the apartments to provide an equitable level of amenity but within a significantly reduced footprint and with consideration given to how technology and operational requirements have changed over the years.

Each apartment still achieved cross ventilation and daylight to all rooms, private gardens by way of balcony planters, an open plan kitchen, living and dining area and a dedicated study nook as well as extensive personal storage. The floor space reduction was achieved primarily through better planning of overlapping uses and reduction of otherwise wasteful circulation space.

Materials and finishes were selected to provide a neutral, domestic backdrop to allow residents to make the spaces their own.