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arry & Whyte Architects was called
upon to design village-style
accommodation for 25 people with
disabilities, while retaining as much
as possible of the site’s mature vegetation.
The layout comprises five mobility houses
with the space to accommodate five people and
two carers. Each building has its own individual
sense of place, sitting harmoniously within the
established natural environment and streetscape.
The largest tree on site was retained and the
buildings were designed around it, with the fourth
house built as an arc sweeping around the tree to
capture the northern aspect and sunlight.
All five houses are connected by pathways set
in an accessible native landscape, with pockets of
communal gathering spaces for residents to meet
with friends and spend time with family.
An accessible community garden was created for
occupants to cultivate their own vegetables, herbs
and plants. This further establishes the concept of
giving residents their independence, moving away
from the previously institutional style of supported
accommodation. Internally, specific requirements
for disabilities had to be implemented, such as
ceiling hoists, automatic sliding doors, and face-
brick walls for high-traffic wheelchair-use areas.
The project works functionally and aesthetically,
giving residents a level of independence while still
feeling safe and relaxed in their new environment.
The Centre for
Parry & Whyte Architects
A contemporary design with the site’s established
vegetation has created a relaxed accommodation
village for people with disabilities.
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