The Regent: an Award-Winning Japara Home
Our Mount Waverley home in Victoria, The Regent, has won the Senior Living award in the 2020 Shaw Contract Design Awards. There were 467 entries from 29 different countries and The Regent was 1 of only 7 final winners.
A little about the award…
Running for 15 years, the Shaw Contract Design Awards recognise the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning, and healing. The Awards place a spotlight on a diverse range of talents from across the globe, celebrating design in action and its social impact on the community.
The awards programme is open to all professional interior design practices, architecture practices and end users. Projects must feature a Shaw Contract product as the predominant flooring in the space (for The Regent, the carpet tiles are Shaw Contract), however the judging is based on the overall design.
“This year’s final winners, as selected by a panel of esteemed jurors, have created some of the most uniquely impactful designs in the world. Each were designed to have a positive impact on the inhabitant of the space.” – Shaw Contract
The architecture firm that designed our home, Spowers, were established in 1901 in Melbourne and have been specialising in commercial and institutional buildings since the 1920s.
“Our vision is simple, we create architecture as if we live in it and use it, not an arbitrary or imposed style. We believe in high performance buildings and align our design philosophy with the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic factors.” – Spowers
To compound the social impact element of the awards program, each winning firm will receive US$5000 to be donated to a charitable organisation of its choice. As a winner, Spowers’ donation of US$5000 will go to Plan International, a charity for girls’ equality.
“We are all proud of the Japara The Regent project and look forward to creating another award-winning facility together soon.” – Annie Robinson, the Interior Designer for the Mount Waverley project
Looking for the year’s most uniquely impactful designs globally, this jury judged not only each project’s design process, but also its holistic thinking and sustainability values.
“At its foremost, an aged care facility is a home which should enhance the life of the residents in meaningful and connected ways. It was in this spirit that Spowers developed a carefully curated aged care residence that through the thoughtful organisation and design of spaces draws in the adjacent nature reserve to full effect,” say Shaw Contract.
It was noted that the design of this Japara home “skilfully combines a calming, uplifting and comfortable setting without resorting to an institutional or clinical feel. As social interaction is so critical to a resident’s health and wellbeing, social spaces have been designed to offer a variety of settings, scale and atmosphere to suit a variety of gatherings and activities.”
With outdoor spaces overlooking the Valley Reserve, our 105-room aged care home has floor-to-ceiling windows and a contemporary colour palette that foster a warm and welcoming living environment.
Private dining rooms and the ground floor café are the conduits to enable family and friends to engage as well as the wider community.
Wellbeing exposure to nature assists residents’ mental and physical wellbeing and is known to reduce stress and anxiety levels, as well as many other physical ailments. Evidence based design demonstrates the benefits for engagement with the surrounding landscape visually and physically.
The notion of ‘community’ and ‘neighbourhood’ informed the organisation of the various spaces in the building. This translated into a wayfinding strategy that was familiar and intuitive providing a sense of safety and comfort for the residents through strategies such as the ‘high street’ where many of the social “assets” (wellness centre, library, gym, theatre) reside, as well as the smaller ‘cul de sacs’ where residents’ rooms are positioned.
For the interiors, Spowers developed a strategy of connection through the surrounding native vegetation. Materials like timbers and stone and a neutral palette of creams and whites “draw the outside in” while “considered lighting” compliments the natural daylight and helps residents keep track of the time of day and season.
“From personal experience, it’s hard to find an aged care facility that allows for the type of living, care and dignity my family deserves. The living environment at The Regent elevates this through its design, as it has been designed with dignity.”
Our staff at The Regent are excited to welcome you to their home and to show you, in person, why the jurors were so impressed.
If you or a loved one are interested in the aged care services available at Japara, contact us to have a friendly chat with one of our staff or to book a tour on 1800 52 72 72.