The design team worked closely with users of the facility to create a design that responds to the need for highly functional, adaptive recovery that is as unique as each consumer, blending outdoor spaces and natural views with the interiors.
Consumer accommodation is positioned around connected landscaped courtyards allowing light filled recovery spaces to flow together with outside views. Careful detailing of fixed joinery allows clinical staff to be stationed within these day spaces, and bedrooms were designed with integrated services in mind to provide a safe, yet homely environment.
The multi-level unit has been shaped to stitch into its residential setting through use of fine detailing and warm natural tones along with features such as architectural sun-shading to improve the building’s thermal performance, while also enhancing privacy for consumers and neighbouring residents.
Hassell Health Sector Leader, Leanne Guy, who recently published an article on how designers balance form and function while prioritising consumer and staff safety in mental health design, said the design aligns with a person-centred and recovery-orientated care approach while reducing the stigma of mental healthcare.
“One in four people are affected by mental health in their lifetime, according to estimates from the World Health Organisation,”
“The new unit at Ipswich hospital will play a positive role in Queensland’s mental healthcare by creating a contemporary, safe and welcoming environment for wellness and recovery, and includes the use of nature and space.”
The Ipswich Hospital Acute Mental Health Unit forms part of the first stage of West Moreton Health’s 15-year Master Plan to respond to the future healthcare needs of the region.