Specialist Disability Accommodation for Able Australia

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Architecture & Access were engaged by not-for profit organisation Able Australia to develop the rear yard of their existing group home at their Moorabbin site into two, one-bedroom Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) units.

The units are designed to meet National Construction Code (NCC) Class 3 as well as the highest-level category in the NDIA SDA of ‘High Physical Support’. They also feature shared, on-site overnight assistance.

Working within a small footprint, the units feature raked ceilings increasing towards the living areas of northern orientation, to maximise natural light and perception of space.

The living areas connect to light-filled courtyard spaces, offering opportunities for privacy and separation from the adjacent unit and the main house. To the south, a staff stayover unit discreetly provides internal direct access to both units.

Home automation and smart technologies are being incorporated to improve independence and safety for the residents. This includes communication systems in bedrooms and en-suites to the main house/staff stayover unit, ensuring residents always have ability to contact the on-site staff. Automated doors and windows also enhance the accessibility and independent use of these homes for the residents.

These units are currently under construction and are due to be completed by the end of the year.

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