Rossi Architects were engaged by Anglicare NT to design and document the fit-out for a new headspace Palmerston facility. This project involved extensive workshopping with multiple user groups with a focus on youth members co-designing their various spaces. The design team balanced this with the national headspace corporate requirements as well as the staff’s needs and aspirations.
Due to the sensitive nature of headspace’s work, the spatial psychology and level of stimulation were essential to balance the varied spatial functions. Overall the design was focused on creating a safe, comfortable, and inclusive environment.
Headspace Palmerston provides advice and support for young people aged 12 to 25. The architects have carefully crafted spaces to deliver a non-clinical, inclusive, and safe space for young adults and staff alike. Counselling rooms are themed and furnished with eclectic and homely furniture.
Multipurpose meeting rooms are fitted with kitchen facilities and mobile furniture to provide flexibility for group activities and training. Finishing touches like artwork, a fish tank, potted plants, colourful cushions, throws, and rugs adds life to the centre.
The jury commends the architects for their co-design approach, honouring youth in the process by giving them a voice and reflecting their voices through the design process. The care and passion are evident in every aspect of the project.
Helena Hainz, Project Lead
Rossi Kourounis, Project Architect
Maiya McKenna, Graduate of Architecture