Nextsense (formerly RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-for-profit provider of therapy, education and chochlear implant services for children and adults with vision and hearing loss. WMK was engaged to develop a new bespoke and integrated Centre for Excellence located on the grounds of Macquarie University.
WMK’s design response aims at creating a domestic, human scale with skillion structures oriented toward natural amenity, green space, and precinct views.
An in-situ concrete base supports a combination of brick and metal framed construction. The centre will comprise two interconnected pavilions. The main building will include public areas for staff and visitors, classrooms, a business hub, and medical facilities. A sensory landscape addresses the various needs of visitors and contributes to a rich, interesting and outdoor educational experience.
Once completed (expected end 2023) the new Next Sense Centre of Excellence allowing the organisation to continue delivering best practice hearing and vision loss services.