Aged services centre gets highly successful makeover
The brief to k20 Architecture was to create one new centre, with the existing and new building able to function together or independently.
McKenzie Street Aged Services Centre by k20 Architecture was designed to cater for the growing needs of the expanding Melton Community and ageing clientele, while supporting the increase in staff required to run the department.
The City of Melton previously had a number of aged service centres in its domain, many of which required modification and upgrading to comply with current standards and meet with the increased service demand to the growing municipality.
The existing aged services centre, at 5 McKenzie Street, consisted of a 1970s building, approximately 300 square metres in area and was not of a standard or size to allow for all necessary program requirements to occur under the one roof. The spaces did not allow for multiple services and were noisy, with those providing phone counselling heard across the room.
The brief to k20 Architecture was to create one new centre, with the existing and new building able to function together or independently. k20 Architecture believe the re-use of existing community facilities provides a cost-effective, value-added solution for clients, while reducing the carbon footprint. For this reason the design for McKenzie Street Aged Services only allowed for minimal removal of internal walls, which in turn improved the circulation arrangement of the building.
Two additional program spaces were provided within the existing building (creating a total of four rooms), together with meeting rooms. The existing centre was completely re-clad in both spotted gum and blackbutt together with new steel-framed windows, also incorporated within the new centre. k20 Architecture allowed for a number of subtle differences between the old and new, with the new centre clad entirely in the one timber, blackbutt, and featuring increased ceiling heights of up to 4.5 metres. A covered walkway provides the ‘breathing space’ between past and present and generous floor-to-ceiling windows also allow northern light into the new centre.
While the McKenzie Street elevation sets up a ‘rhythm’ with its elongated windows, the western elevation to
Smith Street is beautifully expressed in the form of an oversized window box, framed in steel with aluminium louvres to filter the harsh afternoon light.
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