John James Village provides free respite accommodation for patients who are undergoing treatment in Canberra for blood borne diseases, such as Leukaemia. The village is designed to be a ‘home away from home’ for the patients and their families whilst they are in Canberra.
The complex has been designed as a village, with the communal, core zones located centrally on the site and the residential units dispersed throughout the landscaped grounds. The patients access the units through calming gardens and each unit has a separate identifiable entrance that reinforces the homely feeling for each patient. The units are tailored to meet the needs of the patients with north facing living and main bedroom areas, with additional space for carers and family members to support the patients during their treatment.
The village also provides additional recreation and BBQ areas where patients can interact if they wish or quiet areas for serenity and relaxation. In support of the facilities is the administration areas for staff and counsellors to provide support to family members and daily contact with clients other than in the clinical environment.
Award: ACT Chapter AIA Colorbond Award 2017