Phillips Smith Conwell
Keeping the significant original residence was an important part of the clients brief due to the emotion and history associated with the Church. This was achieved by converting the original layout into two apartments with common communal use spaces on the lower level. The extension to the rear of the property includes six small apartments to complete the 8 shared residential apartments as required for the Sisters of Mercy.
Design considerations allowing for the needs of the aging occupants included, multiple ease of access allowances, security and communication and privacy concerns. Thoughtful reuse of significantly sentimental building items were used to create a sensitive adaptation of the Church’s heritage while updating the premises to be used for contemporary living.