An innovative, integrated, community based health and wellbeing hub connects urban realms in a friendly and contemporary building for the northern suburbs of Geelong.
The old Norlane Water World site is transforming into an ambulatory care centre to house a range of health care providers.
As a community centred healthcare environment, the Hub has a civic scale and presence, demonstrating health and wellness to the community. The design opens the interior of public spaces invitingly outwards to encourage the community to visit the building and learn about what is inside.
A double height foyer space decked with light colours and timber maximises natural light levels and views. Running the length of the building like a cafe streetscape, waiting areas are casually slung along the window edge, with built in bench seats, chairs and tables. Here, a feature red brick entry canopy directs visitors to the check-in kiosks and service counter acting as a signpost internally and externally, bringing clarity to wayfinding throughout the facility.
A small garden at the end of the street welcomes waiting patients for the Child and Family services clinic. An adjacent large ‘staff only’ external terrace with planters and communal tables provides a get-away and external outlook, for all staff to enjoy.
Location – Geelong, Victoria
Client – Department of Health and Human Services/Barwon Health
Area – 3,000sqm
Completed – Under Construction, 2019