Richfield Retirement Village

By Finnis Architects
multiple occupancy

Richmond, Victoria

By: Finnis Architects Pty Ltd

Richmond Retirement Village (Richmond, Victoria)

How does the project respond to its context, contribute to the public domain for example street or neighbourhood?

Finnis Architects firm believers in the benefits of post-occupancy evaluation – it’s a great way to gain specific knowledge from end-users of a project that can be applied to future designs. For their award winning retirement village development in Richfield (Richmond, Victoria) they used a unique evaluation process, conducting interviews with owners and occupiers after each stage of the project. They discussed design attributes, their likes and dislikes and where we could improve. The information gained from these evaluations was incorporated in to future stages, resulting in a hugely successful project that has not only received positive reviews from residents but recognition from the UDIA – it won the state and national awards for Excellence in Aged Care in Australia.

They learnt that tenants wanted a range of social spaces, so we provided secluded, intimate areas for reading and relaxing, function areas for talks or events, playgrounds so that the families could visit, as well as restaurants, bars, theatres and a gymnasium. Other priorities were the scale of the homes, privacy, security and access. Specific details such as cupboard and bench heights, doorway widths and material selection were equally important. This design and evaluation process gave Finnis Architects a specialist understanding of what features are required to create a diverse village lifestyle. The best reward was that the residents thought they did a great job!

What problems did you have to solve?

They learnt that tenants wanted a range of social spaces, so we provided secluded, intimate areas for reading and relaxing, function areas for talks or events, playgrounds so that the families could visit, as well as restaurants, bars, theatres and a gymnasium.

What was the contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists, builders and other specialists to the outcome?

The project was a huge collaborative effort with builders, engineers, landscape architects, planners and our specialist team of architects.

How would you describe the value of design in relation to the cost of the project?

Design was of the highest priority whilst being receptive to costs throughout the entire process.

What are some important sustainability aspects of the project?

Details such as cupboard and bench heights, doorway widths and material selection were equally important and materials were sustainable were available.

What do you consider to be the benefits of the project for the client, users and the community?

This design and evaluation process gave Finnis Architects a specialist understanding of what features are required to create a diverse village lifestyle. The best reward was that the residents thought they did a great job!

Other general comments

Finnis Architects finds the extraordinary potential of any project, no matter the scale. Based in Albert Park Melbourne, the studio is made up of a young, dynamic team of architects and designers, who are dedicated to producing architecture that is considered and creative, and who also understand the realities of commercial constraints and the planning process. Finnis Architects specialises in a multitude of projects, from residential housing to multi-residential apartments and community housing to single dwellings. At Finnis, relationships are a priority and the studio is proud of the great results it has attained with its clients.