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Punchbowl Aged Care



The COVID-19 pandemic caused many to rethink the way aged care is delivered in Australia. This concern was born out by a Royal Commission which saw almost 30 design-led changes to the way aged care is provided. One, if not the first, to be built was by Deicorp which commissioned Nordon Jago Architects to create a new aged care facility in Punchbowl, 17 kilometers west of Sydney.

Project Brief

Created for the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, St Nicholas Church, which had been acquiring adjacent land next to its church for several years, was opened to great fanfare by NSW government officials in July 2023. Unlike the many institutional-style aged care facilities that were regularly featured on news stations during COVID-19, the Punchbowl facility has a homely feel in the 80-bedroom accommodation. And rather than dominating the streetscape, it sits comfortably within it – partially as a result of the slope of the terrain which allowed for three levels in an eight-metre height limit.

Punchbowl aged care facility exemplifies a holistic approach to sustainability in architecture, incorporating considerations for materials, energy efficiency, and landscape preservation, ultimately setting a benchmark for future projects in aged care.

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