One of the first of Australia’s new breed of super clinics, Kardinia Health establishes a point of difference from other healthcare facilities. The Super Clinic provides the opportunity to create a model for primary healthcare and training incorporating the values of traditional general practice with multidisciplinary, team-based care and an academic research unit. The single storey building wraps around two individual courtyards that provide natural light, aspect and break out spaces for the clinic. Landscaping plays an important role in providing visual engagement from the public spaces and consulting rooms.
The façade includes extensive use of Australian white cypress. The Class 1 timber creates a non-institutional and distinctive identity engaging with its immediate context, the street and existing site. The exterior timbers were carefully selected to provide robustness, longevity and sustainability. Two distinct styles of timber are used to create a dynamic play of light and texture across the facade of the building, the pattern is reminiscent of local tree canopies historically located on the site. A board and batten style, dressed and stained, at the lower level creates a finely articulated base while a simpler vertical unstained sawn board cladding above, selected to weather, provides a contrast in texture and colour.
The building has been well received by staff, patients and visitors alike. The unique aesthetic of the architecture sets it apart from other institutional and commercial buildings to provide welcoming and engaging spaces that belie the clinical nature of the building.