Berengarra Aged Care | Lyons

Berengarra Aged Care | Lyons | Photographer: Dianna Snape

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Berengarra Aged Care | Lyons

Traditional Land Owners


Public Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Dianna Snape
Project summary

Berengarra is a flagship project for St. Vincent’s Hospital, providing a flexible environment for person-centred care in a purpose-designed, public sector aged care facility. A key component of the Masterplan for St George’s Hospital Campus in Kew, the project intertwines high-acuity clinical care with domestic familiarity through the deployment of evidence-based salutogenic design principles. A particular focus is placed upon access to common amenity across a range of significant garden courtyards and open communal spaces, providing spontaneous moments for both casual interaction and intimate reflection. At its core, the project seeks to refresh and innovate contemporary nursing home design through compassionate and thoughtful design that serves as a blueprint for future aged care developments in Australia.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Public Architecture
Shortlist – Public Architecture
Victorian Jury Citation

On a restricted site, interconnected buildings and pocket gardens descale this institutional facility to the adjacent residential neighbourhood. A sense of comfort and practicality is expressed through design detailing and furniture selection.

Balancing the clinical care demands with attention to domestic familiarity inside and out, this is compassionate and dignified architecture.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Berengarra is a major addition to the St George’s Hospital Campus, offering a flexible environment to suit the personalised needs of a broad range of residents. Through considered commitment to our model of care, the building allows us to perform dynamic and efficient clinical care within a calming and domestic setting. The expansive garden spaces and balconies throughout the building provide excellent access to fresh air and light for both residents and staff and opportunities to relax and interact informally.

Project Practice Team

Lyons, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

AECOM, Structural & Civil Engineering
Affinity Fire Engineering, Fire Engineering
APP, Project Manager
Arup, Acoustic Consultant
Donald Cant Watts Corke, Cost Consultant
Elevation, Wayfinding Consultant
MGAC, Access Consultant
Philip Chun, Building Surveyor
Urban Initiatives, Landscape Consultant
Waterman, Services, ESD & AV Engineering

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Berengarra Aged Care | Lyons | Photographer: Dianna Snape

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