ATHERTON HOSPITAL | CAMHB
CAMHB, or Community Allied Health, Mental Health Building forms part of the Redevelopment at The Atherton Hospital in Far North Queensland. The building replaces the existing historically significant nurses quarters building that housed the outpatients services for the Hospital.
The double story 1380m2 building includes the following community services:
• Allied Health Gym with Plinth Spaces
• Mental Health Consult Spaces
• Community Health Consult Spaces
• Staff Office and Workstation Space
The design concept was developed to build on the visual language present on the site by recreating the details in a modern way. A prominent archway motif was identified in neighbouring buildings which was translated into an arched motif used on key elements of the building in the sunshade screens, entrance portal, and landscaping elements.
The scale of the building is similar in height to the local vernacular workers cottage, with a solid block base, and timber panel cladding top floor. CAMHB has reinterpreted these elements with its solid rendered block ground level, and textured brick demarcating the entrance. Lightweight steel cladding on the upper floor, with a wide pan profile, referencing the weatherboard cladding.
Internally the building provides state of the art clinical functions that are both private and homely. All of the consulting rooms and clinical spaces provide views out across the landscape, that employ screening devices to provide privacy and shade, so rooms feel open, light and bright, yet not overlooked by neighbouring buildings.