WORLD LEADER IN DESIGN
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.