Baptcare Brookview is a new aged care facility in Westmeadows, Victoria. Developed on a greenfield site, it forms part of the urban redevelopment in Westmeadows and is situated on the border between residential property and undeveloped land. Responding to this partial residential context, CHT Architects designed the building with a gable roof and patterned brick exterior that breaks down the scale of the building. “We wanted to create a visually layered, contemporary façade that sat as an object in the landscape as a contrast of two colours. From afar it creates a sculptural element. When viewed up close the building reveals the finer detail of the brickwork,”says David Carabott, Director of CHT Architects.
Baptcare Brookview is designed to be welcoming and comforting for residents, visiting family and friends, and operationally functional for the client. It provides 90 resident rooms with associated amenities, as well as large communal spaces for a variety of programs, activities,classes and events for residents. To fit with the existing slope of site, the building is two storeys at the northern end, deepening to three storeys at the southern end and most of the bedrooms have views of landscaped courtyards or neighbouring undeveloped land.