Mornington Centre / Lyons

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Mornington, Australia
  • Architects: Lyons
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Text description provided by the architects. This new building provides extended residential accommodation for older people who require specialist evaluation, rehabilitation and nursing care.

Mornington Centre / Lyons - Facade

The building contests the conventional paradigm of a nursing home. Through its spatial arrangements and normalising environment it shifts from a medico-centric care model to one where family and carers work with staff to deliver care to residents.

Mornington Centre / Lyons - Facade

The building is designed like a big house or coastal hotel – not like a hospital – with a new language developed to describe its program.

Mornington Centre / Lyons - Facade

The rooms in which people stay contain bay windows in which people can sit and enjoy the view. These have large openable windows for admitting daylight and fresh air.

Mornington Centre / Lyons - Chair

Clinical and medical support spaces are hidden to highlight the spaces for clients and their families which form their experience of the building. Timber linings, directional timber vinyl flooring, warm colours and domestic lighting reinforce these readings.

Mornington Centre / Lyons - Facade

The dining room is the social heart and family focus for the building. Here family members, guests and staff come together to eat, chat and have a cup of tea.


The building is clad in oversized ‘planks’ which are made with bricks embossed with a contoured timber grain digital design.

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The building supports a new way of delivering services to older people in our communities – through buildings which have people and families at the centre and drawing evidence based research into these clients’ special needs.


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Address:Mornington VIC 3931, Australia

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Cite: "Mornington Centre / Lyons" 05 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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