PRECINCT DESIGNED TO IMPRESS
Construction of a Swiss-inspired $30 million intergenerational retirement precinct has started at Nundah.
Lutheran Services, which has 11 retirement communities across Queensland, is behind the Alondra Residences development, which will comprise 52 apartments.
Alondra Residences is the first stage in a larger care and services development, and will include an in-house concierge, on-demand health services, bespoke retirement residences and a neighbouring aged care service.
The aged care development, which has yet to be named, will be built during stage two.
“We continue to explore how people like to live, and have been inspired by best-practice retirement living from Switzerland, France and Canada – with the Alondra Residences design fostering social connection,” Lutheran Services CEO Jacqui Kelly said.
Ms Kelly said they hoped to “normalise” living environments for seniors, and keep residents connected to their local community.
She said residents would be able to access most, if not all, services they required at Alondra Residences, but they would also be able to utilise existing neighbourhood services.
“Alondra is being built on the edge of Nundah Village precinct ... Alondra is stage one and it will be co-located with other existing services and then over the road we will create an aged care community,” Ms Kelly said.
“The whole overall precinct has been designed to transform people’s expectations and experiences of aged care.
“We wanted to create easy living environments rather than rooms where the dominant piece of furniture is the bed.”
The move towards retirement living and aged care communities, rather than facilities, is the new norm, with Baby Boomer retirees more active, healthy and living longer than previous generations.
Designed by architects BVN, the firm behind numerous award-winning national and international designs, Alondra will continue the trend towards vertical retirement living, with resort-style inclusions. It will be built over seven levels, with almost every apartment coming with one secure carpark.
BVN principal Mark Grimmer said the design inspiration came from nature, home and community, resulting in a building that focuses on natural airflow and the outdoors.
“The tree-centred design features thousands of plants, a cascading water wall, reflection gardens and a green rooftop and entertainment facility overlooking the city,” Mr Grimmer said.
“We considered innovative designs from throughout Europe where retirement buildings are embedded within the community, alongside Brisbane affordable housing projects that have successfully created their own new communities.
“There’s ... wide open corridors, a central public cafe and landscaped seating areas, encouraging friendships within and outside the building.”
The pet-friendly development will include spacious apartments, all with multiple balconies or a private garden and a range of amenities in the area.
One bedroom apartments start from $430,000.
Ms Kelly said a key advantage was that couples could stay together, or be colocated within the precinct depending upon their needs.
Residents will have an in-house concierge, on-demand health services and secure living through a 24-hour emergency call system and access to neighbouring aged care facilities.
Alondra Residences is seven train stops from Brisbane’s CBD and is close to public transport and major road networks.
Alondra Residences, a Swissinspired, community living retirement village with a focus on easy living environments, is being constructed in Nundah.