Summit Care

Interior Design: Chada
Architect: Boffa Robertson Group
Exterior Architect: Jackson Teece Architects
SummitCare is family owned group of aged care homes with over 50 years experience caring for and supporting families.

Known for consistency in excellence for aged care, SummitCare operates 10 homes across Sydney and Newcastle.

The Journey

When the architectural team at CHADA received the brief for SummitCare Baulkham Hills, it was clear that this would be no ordinary design. Based on extensive research into consumer demands and future needs, as well as new materials used for the first time in residential aged care, the facility was looking to be quite unlike any other seniors residential development in Australia.

Like the design of any aged-care facility, SummitCare required a specific range of design choices – from accessibility and flexible living spaces, to the inclusion of restaurants, hairdresser, wellness centre, and accommodation for couples and families.

“It’s about striking a balance between high-quality aesthetics and the need for operational appropriate materials,” says CHADA partner, Juliet Ashworth.

CHADA has always placed a huge value on the materiality and aesthetics of all its projects – rugs need to look plush and be rich in colour and design.

We have created beautiful living environments using new textiles and finishes that are high tech in their performance, environmentally friendly and, importantly, dementia friendly
Juliet Ashworth - CHADA partner

The Solution

Designer Rugs created a family of designs inspired by nature that would bring colour and vibrancy into the otherwise mellow, natural-toned spaces. Variations in colour and design were chosen for each floor to reflect their uses and improve wayfinding for residents – vibrant and energising greens for recreational areas, rich blue hues for lounge areas, and calming pinks for the palliative care level.

The rugs were all handtufted in 100% New Zealand wool, known for its superior durability in high traffic conditions, its natural resistance to staining and its plush and luxurious feel underfoot. Custom Axminster carpet was also used to cover areas of large scale. Rugs were inlayed into the floor, creating a flush surface to minimize trip hazards. The designs were also carefully chosen to minimize the appearance of staining while still retaining the sophistication and elegance befitting of this project.

“Rugs and carpet were also an important element for Summit Care for adding a personalised touch to the space,” says Designer Rugs managing director Yosi Tal. “The beauty of custom work, and the reason we so enjoy doing it, is that it can put a signature stamp onto a space while reinforcing the overall interior design aesthetic.”

Designer Rugs made the process of translating CHADA’s design concepts into beautiful handmade rugs and carpet a seamless and creatively focused experience. “The rug expert they assigned to the project took our brief and helped select colours to achieve the look we envisaged,” says Ashworth. “A rug isn’t just a rug – we tweaked the colours and the scale of some of the patterns until we felt we had achieved the right balance. Designer Rugs really do give designers a very good resource in its level of expertise and the efficiency of the design process.”

The Result

The result is a spacious 186-room residential building with light, stylish and comfortable environments that owe much to the innovative textiles hand-picked and custom designed by Designer Rugs and CHADA.

“We have created beautiful living environments using new textiles and finishes that are high tech in their performance, environmentally friendly and, importantly, dementia friendly,” says Ashworth

“We feel confident residents and their families are going to love this new approach to aged care living,” says Ashworth. “While it is not a hotel, the facilities and feel are strikingly different to people’s preconceptions of aged care.”

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