To create a unique resort-style facility that will assist with the rehabilitation and re-learning experience for people who have sustained spinal injuries, together with their families.
With the building being located on this prominent site overlooking Collaroy Beach, the architectural strategy had to be sympathetic not only to the urban scale, but resonate with the landscape.
This world-class, purpose-built facility settles lightly on an elevated 4,000 square metre site at the southern end of magnificent Collaroy Beach.
The external architecture does not try to dominate the landscape; rather it complements the surging surf with a series of individual linear roofs that mimic the crest of a wave, building into a crescendo to the tallest roof which signals the entry to the facility.
The sophisticated dark charcoal colour of the roofs contrast pleasingly with the pale masonry base. Inside, 17 individual villas look like a series of pavilions and feel like five-star hotel suites, with advanced technology making life for guests as easy as possible.
Sargood on Collaroy contains a contemporary lobby and reception area, a communal lounge, gymnasium, rooms for administration, seminars, rehabilitation and training purposes, and a basement for car parking and ambulance access.
Sargood On Collaroy has a calming natural environment that will help facilitate the difficult transition for patients as they prepare for the next phase of their life.
The result is a world-first health and wellness resort for people with spinal injuries, with efficient and effective functionality and the warmth, texture and ambience of an engaging beachside location.
The building resonates with its spectacular location and is an exemplar for this type of facility worldwide, demonstrating how to de-institutionalise health care architecture.
More information about the history of the site from Manly Daily.
'World-first resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries Sargood on Collaroy set to open': read more on the Daily Telegraph
Sargood featured on the Channel 10 show Australia By Design Innovation (right).