Forming part of the gentrification of the old Seven Hills Tafe site, Arcare Seven Hills forms part of the clear view urban village masterplan. Located at the end of a culdesac nestled between existing bushland, community building, the local primary school and new townhouse developments the facility overlooks parkland and has views across Brisbane.
The development includes 106 residential suites, including a dedicated sensitive care wing. The building reflects a modern aesthetic and ties back into the fabric of the new urban village. Some of the challenges on the site included a very tight site access from an existing culdesac, with adjacent overland flows and protected trees that had to be retained. The limited access included a shared easement and a 10m cross fall over the site. This led to a number of design decisions which in turn dictated the overall design of the buildings footprint.
The design follows the Brisbane City Council Buildings that breath initiative, including operable windows and doors to allow residents flexibility in getting fresh air, maximising access to the external balconies and bringing landscaping to the higher levels via planters and view paths to existing bushland. Natural light and view paths are considered throughout the design allowing residents the ability to see outside from most corridors and orientate themselves easily. A variety of spaces are offered throughout the building to maximise residents enjoyment and comfort, including wellbeing and hairdressers a centralised café, private dining, sitting rooms, lounge and dining spaces all designed with external access and private decks.
6,488 sqm GFA