Monthly Archives: November 2014

MRV Respite Centre, Mandurah wa

18 bed Respite Centre and Day Centre controlled by a centralised Nurse’s Station. The Nurse consultant wanted the doors to each room in the Respite Centre to lead off a centralised communal area which would in turn be easily viewed from the central Nurse’s Station.The Fire requirements placed limitations on this concept, but in principle this has still been achieved. The Nurses station also views out into the day centre and controls the main entrance. The communal areas in both the Respite Centre and Day Centre have been configured to maximise northern orientation while as many of the rooms as possible face north and those facing south have solar tubes. High level north lights and a central Atrium have been introduced to let more light and warmth into the middle of the communal areas. Solar pergolas are used to control the heat in summer while allowing winter warmth into the communal areas and rooms.

Passive solar design
Solar pergolas
18 suites with ensuite bathroom
Respite communal lounge/dining
Staff room

MRV nursing home, Mandurah wa

With a positive and satisfactory working relationship in place with MRV, a new request was made to design and oversee the build of a 34 bed nursing home extension. The job entailed designing the rooms into clusters of between 10 and 12 and each cluster would have its own communal area.

MRV 9 Units, Mandurah wa

Nine Independent Living Units and a communal room have been built as part of a cluster housing development within the Mandurah Retirement Village Master plan. These have communal parking areas and are accessed by paths to their units.

South Hedland Subdivision, WA

A range of climate sensibly designed portable homes that where built in Perth and transported to South Hedland where they where quickly assembled. A range of design options were submitted to provide VDM and their clients with home layout and design choices.