Seniors Housing

House Woodlands

A contemporary addition to an existing 1970’s brick homestead on a large parcel of land within Woodlands, NSW. AO created an addition that complemented the existing dwelling but offered the amenities and spaces to suit a modern lifestyle and a growing family.

The Ace Residences

The Ace Residences, located in Bowral, the heart of the Southern Highlands, blends modern comforts with the area's rural charm. This project combines new ideas with classic forms and typologies to offer a unique living experience not previously seen in the area.


A fresh take on the design of over 60’s homes that explores a grouping of contemporary dwellings in a garden setting that offer the space and flexibility for modern living and a sense of community. Each dwelling designed to suit age in place without compromise.

Seniors Housing: Designing with Dignity and Comfort

Seniors housing is a specialised architectural category that focuses on creating comfortable, safe, and accessible living spaces for older adults. As people age, their needs and preferences change, making it essential for architects and designers to consider these factors when planning seniors housing projects. Here are some key considerations for designing seniors housing:

  1. Accessibility: Ensuring that all areas of the housing are easily accessible is paramount. This includes wide doorways, no-step entries, ramps, and elevators to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
  2. Safety: Incorporating features that reduce the risk of falls and injuries is crucial. Non-slip flooring, handrails in hallways and bathrooms, and ample lighting are essential for creating a safe environment.
  3. Comfort: Comfort is key in seniors housing. Designing spaces that are easy to navigate, with comfortable seating, adjustable lighting, and temperature control, helps residents feel at home.
  4. Social Interaction: Common areas that encourage social interaction can improve the quality of life for seniors. These might include communal dining areas, gardens, and activity rooms.
  5. Healthcare Integration: Incorporating healthcare facilities or services within the housing complex can provide convenience and peace of mind for residents. This might include on-site nursing care, physical therapy rooms, or medication management services.
  6. Privacy: While communal spaces are important, so is the need for private living areas where residents can retreat and relax.
  7. Adaptability: Designing spaces that can be easily adapted to meet changing needs is important. This might include adjustable shelving, walk-in showers, and other features that can be customized as residents' needs evolve.
  8. Sustainability: Incorporating sustainable design elements can improve the living environment and reduce operating costs. This might include energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and water-saving fixtures.

In summary, seniors housing requires a thoughtful and empathetic approach to design, with a focus on safety, comfort, and adaptability. By considering the unique needs of older adults, architects can create spaces that not only meet their physical requirements but also enhance their overall well-being.

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