Caulfield Krivanek Architecture has been engaged by the Federal Government’s NDIS program, to design five special purpose accommodation buildings across Melbourne, for some of the 6,000 young Australians with advanced degenerative diseases, or disabilities. Currently, many of these young Australians are contained to aged care facilities. While these facilities do their best to provide appropriate care, they are not equipped to deliver the individualised, multidisciplinary support, or quality of life that a young person requires.

One of the projects includes special purpose apartments, which aim to provide more suitable housing for these young people. With creative thinking, the team at Caulfield Krivanek Architecture have designed accommodation that provides several levels of support such as wheelchair access, robustness for people with behavioral issues (You can see how we’ve designed the wall studs to sit closely together, reinforcing the walls and hence minimising damage, should an unfortunate incident occur), accommodation for carers, as well as indoor and outdoor facilities that provide privacy for visitors and family.

Looking to the future of disability care, Robert Caulfield of Caulfield Krivanek Architecture suggests that new facilities could be built next to, or near by existing aged care facilities. “This offers synergies to the special purpose accommodation, by using existing amenities including kitchens and laundries as well as providing close proximity to staff and other necessary services” say Robert.

Caulfield Krivanek Architecture is proud to be involved in the transformation of disability housing for those who would otherwise have to live in an aged care facility, and this is a great example of how design and customisation can enhance lives.