Kirk Gleeson, from Barnson Pty Ltd of Dubbo NSW, received the Paul Dass Memorial Award for the SAIF Accommodation project at the BDA National Design Awards held on the 23rd October.
Kirk, here on the left, collecting this prestigious award from Ian Bassett, Immediate Past President of BDA.
With a budget of $2.2 million, the SAIF Housing Project utilised Barnsons multidisciplinary services throughout the design and construction process to deliver accommodation for five Aboriginal people with a severe or profound disability, requiring long term supported accommodation.
Through consultation with relevant parties and aboriginal community leaders, the design incorporated three residential villas oriented in a cluster allowing for separation and independence but also shared use of innovative outdoor areas for culturally sensitive social interaction, communal facilities and separate office and sleeping accommodation for staff to ensure 24 hour support for those needing it to be provided, as least intrusively as possible.
Each villa was designed to offer interior living spaces configured to be easily adapted to the changing needs of current and future residents, with accessible features incorporated into the design without interfering with the sense of space and enabling each tenant to exercise choice in terms of their lifestyle/s and maximise opportunities for individualised support services to be designed and delivered.
External concrete verandahs and pathways allow for disabled access throughout the built up area and common meeting areas incorporating naturally flowing curves which were deemed as important to a sense of cultural heritage.