Kilmiston Respite Home

Designing for diverse cognitive needs.

Kilmiston is a respite home for persons with a disability in Frankston South. It was designed specifically with user in mind, following a unique design process through site analysis and unconventional methods to assist in the development of 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, the space took into consideration 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 was designed with the user, focusing more on needs and desires rather than conventional and traditional uses of space.