In June 2015, Housing Choices Australia officially launched the Dunlop St accommodation in Wangaratta, which was another successful project by cmsArchitects.
The brief to cmsArchitects was to design a dwelling which houses five people with disabilities. One of the key issues is to implement disability compliant design. The design focused on the easy access and readability of spaces, achieved by sun & shadow play, carefully selected colours and open views.
The choices of light and colour control the perception of space. They also make the internal spaces interesting for those spending most of their time inside.
Steps in exterior walls and providing courtyards help to take in sufficient north sun to the spaces. The courtyards provide a cosy space for gathering with easy access to the living rooms.
Fine detailing of the property reflects the architect’s experience in providing spaces for disabled people who wish to live independently.
The attempt was to deliver a place that is welcoming, calm and inviting for residents, staff and visitors.