CK Architecture approach design for living with a thoughtful, balanced, site-responsive and human-centred focus. Whether designing a local government sporting hub, a retirement living complex or a multi-unit residential building, our processes are focused on the development of sustainable communities. Always seeking to enhance the opportunity for residents to interact with both delight and comfort through finding the right balance of privacy and connectivity.
“Our aim is to create buildings that are rational, environmentally responsive and stylistically timeless, and we design with the intention to connect people to one another, as well as to views, light and landscape.” Justine Cox
With an ageing population trend starting to emerge across Australia, CK Architecture have embraced the design needs of an evolving community. ‘ In the year ending 30 June 2019, the number of people aged 65 years and over increased by 125,400 people (or 3.2%).” And ‘Over the past two decades, the number of people aged 85 years and over increased by 117.1%, compared with a total population growth of 34.8% over the same period.’ Statistics from ABS
Designing the interiors for Uniting Amala Gordon, the focused was on the spatial relationships required in aged care design. This additional complexity in creating environments that provide support, build confidence and independence while ageing in place set various limitations that CK Architecture turned into opportunities. Working with the physical and psychological challenges faced by residents informed the design from room layouts, finishes, joinery, furniture, down to the wayfinding and artwork producing a beautiful yet pragmatic outcome. Skilled in a range of residential design, CK Architecture won an invitation-only design competition in 2018, focused on a community-centric design for the Marigal Apartments in South Canberra. Creating homes that diffuse into the site through respectful built forms and lush planting created an environment characterised by growth, in sync with the rhythm of connection and an organic unfolding of a new community. The design was also celebrated by the surrounding community for its low environmental impact.
The social, economic, and environmental benefits of designing spaces for people to live happier, fuller and longer lives in a space that adapts to their changing needs is a fundamental principle for CK Architecture.
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