- Location: Red Cliffs, Victoria
Jacaranda Village is a residential care facility of 75 beds located in Red Cliffs, Victoria. The model of care is based on the Eden Alternative Philosophy, which advocates for a person-centred approach to care and, in particular, promotes residents making choices in their daily lives to prevent feelings of boredom and loneliness.
The design requirements of this philosophy have resulted in replicating elements that one finds living in a local community: a shopping arcade, cafe, milk bar, news agency, hairdresser and post office, as well as child play areas to encourage visits by families with children.
The architectural language of the village is residential and provides both intimate and communal internal and external spaces. The layout is composed of interlinked houses with their own internal courtyards. Each house is identified by its form and facade treatment and all the houses communicate with the street precinct and other communal gardens and courtyard. As such residents can wander freely and feel a sense of autonomy within the environment.