Kilmiston Respite Home

Designing for diverse cognitive needs.

Kilmiston is a respite home for persons with a disability in Frankston South. It was explicitly designed with the user in mind, following a unique design process through site analysis and unconventional methods to assist in developing accommodation suited to diverse neurological needs. As a caregiver, I was aware of the users of this space. Persons with intellectual disability and majority non-verbal, therefore, consider sensory elements to offer calamity and ease. The use of natural materials has been incorporated within the spaces, and a neutral colour pallet offering harmony. Additionally, the spatial layout and composition were designed with the user, focusing more on needs and desires rather than conventional uses of space.