A new inner city care home for the homeless

IntegratedDESIGNgroup were commissioned by HammondCare to design this new residential care home accommodation building for Sydney’s homeless. It sits on a site that fronts both Darlinghurst Ave and Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. The site is under the stewardship of St Johns Church who are located adjacent to the proposed site. The building provides accommodation and cares specifically for homeless or at risk of homelessness residents from the inner city areas of Sydney.

With 42 beds, the project is arranged into 4 residential floors of 9-11 resident rooms located around a central void to ensure excellent natural ventilation and maximise outlook for residents. The small nature of the floors ensures each level takes on a ‘cottage’ like feel, providing a small, more familiar environment for residents. Multiple living spaces and individual rooms ensure that residents can engage with others or maintain their own personal boundaries, depending on their own needs and desires.

The building becomes ‘home’ to elderly residents allowing them to remain within the local community. The high quality of the proposed building and how it assists in the care provision for residents is fundamental to the philosophy of HammondCare, who will operate the building and IntegratedDESIGNgroup’s focus to create living relationships in built form.