The Belmont Community Rehabilitation Centre offers an active, goal-focused rehabilitation program in a residential setting. The program focuses on preventing further disability by supporting clients to reduce the chance of relapses and improve their wellbeing. Sited adjacent the Kardinia Health GP Super Clinic (completed by Billard Leece Partnership in 2009) and connected via enclosed pedestrian link to the Community Health Centre with which it shares reception, the Rehabilitation Centre is an important addition to this community healthcare hub four kilometres from Victoria’s. Located on a prominent corner, the building form and materiality seek to engage with the surroundings. White cypress timber was selected as the primary façade material due to its sustainability, inherent warmth and natural appeal. The façade is articulated with recessed self-shading windows to the street elevations, and expressed sunshades to the windows to the garden areas. The strong motif of glass and timber showcases the timber’s natural grain and colour, expressing the form and design of the façade and creates a non-institutional and engaging building, easy to construct and maintain.
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