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AS AN aged care ar­chi­tect, David Frost de­signs high qual­ity build­ings while en­sur­ing clients still re­ceive the care they need in a home­like en­vi­ron­ment.

“I find it very re­ward­ing cre­at­ing spa­ces for re­tirees,” Mr Frost said. “Th­ese projects are about re­spect­ing the rights of res­i­dents and en­sur­ing they don’t feel like they’re in hos­pi­tal.

“It’s also im­por­tant for res­i­dents to have some level of in­de­pen­dence, such as a dis­creet unit with a kitch­enette, or if they’re com­ing out of hos­pi­tal, a place for restora­tive care.”

St Paul’s Res­i­den­tial Aged Care in Bardon is one of Mr Frost’s projects. Com­pleted two years ago, an in­de­pen­dent liv­ing build­ing now links with the St Vin­cent’s Care Ser­vices’ high care hos­tel and aged care units via a pub­lic pi­azza.

Mr Frost said St Paul’s de­sign was still seen to be “fairly ground break­ing”.

“We had some very pro­gres­sive clients and I en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with them and be­ing chal­lenged to think out­side the box,” he said.

Some aged care projects Mr Frost has worked on have had mul­ti­ple lev­els, such as Le­in­ster Place in Rock­hamp­ton and Ox­ford Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Mitchel­ton.

He says he al­ways aims to use th­ese lev­els to his ad­van­tage.

He has also in­cluded com­mu­nal ar­eas in th­ese projects and in­te­grated new and ex­ist­ing build­ings.

“Le­in­ster Place was de­signed as 15 homes linked to­gether with a com­mu­nal build­ing as a cor­ner store while at Ox­ford Park, we linked build­ings such as a monastery to­gether, cre­at­ing a court­yard be­tween them,” he said.

“This keeps func­tion­al­ity while min­imis­ing travel for res­i­dents and staff.”

Mr Frost has now worked for 25 years at Thom­sonAd­sett, an ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice which has main­tained se­cond place in Build­ing De­sign’s World Ar­chi­tec­ture 100 in the global el­derly liv­ing sec­tor this year.

The prac­tice is now ranked se­cond in the world in the sec­tor by its size and is the only Aus­tralasian firm in the top five.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Straw said the prac­tice was con­stantly con­ceiv­ing new and in­no­va­tive ways to tackle the chal­lenges of an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“While we are num­ber one in el­derly liv­ing in Aus­tralia, we are start­ing to see real growth in el­derly liv­ing in Asia, par­tic­u­larly in China,” he said.

“We are syn­the­sis­ing our knowl­edge of the el­derly care sec­tor with the de­mands of the Asian mar­ket to cre­ate sus­tain­able, high den­sity so­lu­tions.”

IN­NO­VA­TIVE PLAN: Ar­chi­tects Thom­sonAd­sett de­signed St Paul’s Res­i­den­tial Aged Care in Bris­bane.

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