Nicholson House Residential Disability Services Housing

Department of Human Services

Workshop Architecture

Construction of a new residential care facility for intellectually disabled men and women who are transitioning from correctional institutions back into the community. Accommodation allows for eight residents in two groups of four with communal kitchen, dining and living areas for each group.

A key feature is the shared ‘social enterprise’ areas, comprising a multi-purpose room and commercial kitchen, is to assist residents in ‘up skilling’ so they can re-enter the community as independent, productive individuals. At the time of construction, these training facilities were an innovation in ‘half way house’ residential care, aiming to reduce the chances of residents re-offending upon their release.

Materials, colours and overall massing were designed to help the facility blend in to the suburban context – inclusive of bricks, cement sheeting, aluminium windows, Colorbond steel roof sheeting.