Project: Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria, Leith Park
Location: St Helena
Client: Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria
The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria’s (OCAV) has expanded its legacy as Victoria’s oldest retirement village provider with the delivery of 46 one and two-bedroom apartments to complement their existing facility in St Helena.
Sited in steep, rugged topography the new buildings deliver a medium density ‘urban’ model to their native bushland setting. These are buildings that are informed by abstractions of the surrounding natural environment, its patterns, textures, colours and scale. Like the tiered tree canopy, low level brickwork gives way to interlocking metal panels that gives way to flashes of flowering colour.
As one resident put it “This is my forever home. A place where I can come and go as I please, lock-up and leave, be surrounded by people and be private” and “It is a wonderful place for single older women because of the community and age-friendly accommodation. I don’t think I have ever felt as safe as I have here”.