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Scenic Lodge

Newcastle, NSW

Scenic Lodge is a 55 room residential aged care facility offering low care accommodation. Situated in the cosmopolitan, beachside suburb of Merewether, Scenic Lodge makes the most of its spectacular location on Scenic Drive, with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean as well as the historic Glenrock Recreation Area.
Scenic Lodge is a domestic scale design broken into two wings that are linked via service and communal areas internally and landscaped courtyards externally. The communal activity areas, provided to the ground and upper levels, open to external activity spaces which provides both internal and external environments for the residents’ use.

Ground floor units include ‘adaptable’ accessible ensuite facilities. Where possible, the ground floor units have their own private outdoor courtyard. The larger upper-level bedroom suites incorporate a small sitting area within the room and have access to a small private balcony. All resident rooms, living spaces and communal areas offer pleasant outlooks from large windows overlooking the landscaped grounds of the site and to distant views beyond.

This project presented a number of environmental planning challenges, all of which were successfully addressed through careful and considerate design & technical documentation.