Mercy Health Aged Care
A vibrant and active environment
PTA Architecture's design philosophy for the new Shepparton 30 room extension involved developing a single storey addition to the existing 60 room Mercy Health Aged Care Facility that ensured a vibrant and active environment, responding to residents both internally and externally.
The new building was designed around an internal courtyard, providing residents with wandering paths and restful seating constructed of PGH bricks with double bull nose capping, emulating the natural terrain of Central Victoria.The external masonry façades were broken up to avoid monotony, typical of such long elevations. The bedrooms feature external brick walling interspersed with vibrant colour infill's, incorporating the windows and sub-sill. Patterns have been used in the brickwork to bring out the nature of the individual rooms, offering each module a unique signature.
Pewter bricks from the PGH Metallic collection were selected for their strong metallic finish to provide the architectural conclusion, forming the climactic end to the new building. Stack bond was used to solidify their colour and form. They have also been used as a brick parapet over the living room, which exposes the transparent inner glazed skin below and simultaneously ensures a sense of security for the residents inside.