The Eastern Intermediate Care Centre is the first of four Centres to be built across the Adelaide metropolitan area. Our brief from the client was to design a facility for 15 residents suffering from a range of mental illnesses that incorporated office areas, communal living and dining areas and a staff administration area.
One of the key requirements of the design was for the Centre to be environmentally sustainable and this has lead to a number of ESD principles such as reverse brick veneer, high level ventilation, storm water harvesting for toilet cisterns and a solar boosted hot water system. The use of the cranked roof line has two benefits; it provides a means of allowing northern light into the south facing rooms and provides a visual interest different to typical dwellings.
The design utilises a combination of vertical and horizontal corrugated cladding, fibre cement cladding and masonry cladding. The number of different materials helps to define the living areas from the common areas.