Medical Architecture designed Glenside Health Services, in partnership with local firm, Swanbury Penglase Architects.

The 129-bed mental health and substance abuse facility, for people from South Australian country regions and the eastern metropolitan Adelaide region.

Through collaborative working, our joint design team meshed international expertise and emerging trends in mental healthcare design with an experienced understanding of the local architectural vernacular, appreciation of the site and the community it serves.

With a high standard of aesthetic quality the design solution provides modern health facilities that promote a place of refuge and healing through de-mystification and de-stigmatisation, with the accommodation of diversity.

The client’s vision was to create a campus integrated within the wider community, so the facility is based on a ‘village’ urban design model in a park-like setting, the buildings are arranged around a common central shared garden.

The facilities provide a continuous gradient of privacy and security to foster autonomy and support the recovery based model of care.

Developed with clear zoning, all inpatient units are designed using the same concept model: a series of pods contain the ‘private’ on-ward activities thus the creation of secure & private gardens using the building form linked by a ‘mall’ off which shared spaces are accommodated, with the ‘public’ face of the building providing flexible and adaptable generic accommodation.

“This is a significant milestone for mental health services in South Australia. The new Glenside Health Service is a key element of the state’s broader mental health reforms and places South Australia as a leader in this field. The transition from an outdated asylum style of care to a modern, flexible environment which provides mental health consumers and staff with a space to promote healing and recovery is transforming how we provide mental health care.”
– Premier Mr Jay Weatherill.

See here for a taste of Glenside’s rich history.

Click here for presentation to Design & International Academy Awards 2011 Glenside_Future Health

Adelaide, South Australia

South Australia Health

Healthcare Planner
BIM Coordinator


Completed July 2013

Design and Health International Academy Awards 2011: Highly Commended – Best Future Health Project

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