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Maria Gillman from Bos Architects was invited by
a medical group to transform an old Federation-
style house into consulting rooms for the practice.
The ex-residence was required to include
a waiting room, reception, store room, and staff
and patient facilities. An important aspect of the
client’s brief was to provide a pleasant working
environment for staff.
Maria created a design that retained original
features where possible, while introducing new
contemporary elements to ensure functionality.
Compliance with Australian Standards for access
and mobility required existing doorways to be
widened and new doors made to match the original
design, as well as the installation of a universal
access toilet. In addition, ensuring accessible egress
required the installation of an automatic door to the
carpark, which has an accessible parking bay.
Transforming a home to a business triggered
compliance requirements for fire separation and
safety, which meant the windows facing the
boundary fence had to be fixed permanently shut,
and external sprinklers installed. Installation of
exit signs and fire extinguishers were required.
Maintaining the property’s character was
achieved through the retention and renovation
of the original verandah, with new posts and
a tiled floor finish. The tuck-pointing was
restored and the leadlight front door modified
For the staff, the kitchen was relocated and
an external door to the garden was fitted, giving
them a tranquil spot for breaks.
Bos Architects is committed to
ensuring accessibility to all spaces,
both commercial and residential.
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