Intentionally non-institutional and of a scale which creates a complementary yet distinctive identity
The Kardinia Health GP Super Clinic, one of the first of Australia’s new breed of super clinics. A multidisciplinary training clinic, Kardinia Health comprises medical and allied health practitioner suites, academic and general offices and information session rooms along with a cafe, waiting rooms, pharmacy and pathology.
The design establishes a point of difference from other healthcare facilities. It is intentionally non-institutional and of a scale which creates a complementary yet distinctive identity responding to its immediate context, the street and existing site. The planning creates a seamless experience – architecture, interiors and landscape merge utilising quality materials and forms which together provide interesting views both internally and externally.
Two courtyards embrace the building’s four wings connected by a central administration/clinical hub. Exceptional wayfinding is achieved utilising distinctive courtyards, clear sightlines and views through corridors. Separating functional spaces, the courtyards provide aspect, natural light and ventilation together with outdoor seating in landscaped gardens. The interior arrangement enables most habitable rooms windows and natural ventilation. A central treatment bay has clerestory windows allowing views of the sky from beds.
A collegial arrangement of staff spaces creates a community environment, encouraging the opportunity for GPs, medical students and allied health professionals to collaborate, sharing case studies and ideas. The building provides for a number of future expansion strategies by extending the wings to the west.
Location – Belmont, Victoria
Client – Kardinia Health
Size – 1,500 sqm
Completed – 2010