Specialist Disability Accommodation + Offices
Wesley Mission Queensland
Youngman is a mixed-use building that provides a contemporary housing solution for those with very high support needs, with a co-located office that enhances opportunities for engagement and activation between residents and staff within the care community.
The new 7 storey development is located on the fringe of Wesley Mission Queensland’s Wheller Gardens community which includes a mix of retirement, aged care and community facilities. The new building takes full advantage of the linear site and aims to tie into both the medium density and domestic scales of the existing suburban surrounds.
Each of the 3 levels of SDA accommodation provides a mix of private and common spaces, to allow residents to congregate or retreat as they wish, and a rooftop communal area and garden accommodates larger gatherings. The 2 levels of office space are positioned at ground level, where the paths of residents, visitors and support staff will cross and be enriched on a day-to-day basis.
The building is a dynamic composition that adjusts and responds to building occupation through a series of screens lightly connected to slab edges. Overhangs provide generous shading and depth to the façade. Planning and detailing have provided a climatically appropriate response to the sub-tropical location.
The 3 levels of apartments are designed to be contemporary and competitive within the wider apartment market and maximise, through their design, the independence of the occupants who will benefit from the support available on the Wheller Gardens site. The incorporation of a range of quality, shared open spaces will enhance the lives of residents and promote a sense of community.
Renders + Plan: © Fulton Trotter Architects