DRA Architects Pty Ltd
DRA Architects Pty Ltd is committed to providing a high level of service and this is reflected in both the satisfaction of our clients and the quality of buildings. Our team members place great emphasis on building lasting relationships with our clients because we understand that working together on an ongoing basis is the best way of arriving together at the best creative solutions and results. Whether it is keeping up with statutory regulations, the latest trends in colour, materials or product availability, we can guide you through the entire process, ensuring that we make your project uniquely yours.
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Palliative Care Unit and Urgent Care Centre
Wauchope NSW 2446, 2014
The new Palliative Care Unit at Wauchope Hospital consists of eight overnight specialist palliative care beds, visitors lounge, staff offices, meeting room and various support spaces. The overarching brief requirement for this project was to provide each patient room with a dignified outlook and connection to the outside environment as well as to provide spaces for friends and families to reflect and support each other outside of the patient rooms. Each room has individual access to a north facing balcony as well as to individual ensuites. The visitor lounge also has access to an external balcony away from the patient rooms and the lounge contains tea making facilities and soft furnishings for comfort. Colour selection was carefully considered in the design of this building. A palette of natural hues compliments the artwork selected by the Hospital and allows patients to personalise each space during their stay. The building has been described by the client as ‘bright and cheerful’. Low maintenance contemporary materials have been selected to contract with the existing hospital buildings, indicating and reinforcing the positive future direction the Hospital is aiming to achieve. Client: Mid North Coast Local Health District
St Columbia Anglician School
Port Macquarie NSW 2444, 2013
The Jenkins Building The Jenkins Building is one of the last stages to be constructed in the St Columba Anglican School Master Plan. This new classroom block aims to be a distinctive addition to the existing School, and an open learning environment for the education of Year 6 Students. The design creates a group of adaptable learning spaces, where teachers and students can appropriate the building in a way that specifically suits the task and group size. The building serves as a flexible and contemporary learning environment, designed to stimulate and engage teachers and students. The Jenkins Building is located on the periphery of the School grounds. While the site enabled the design to be largely distinguished from existing buildings, the design references the existing buildings through the incorporation of sections of the School’s traditional blond face brickwork. Forming a Southern book-end to the surrounding playground, the new building skirts along the boundary then shifts orientation to meet the adjoining building. At the opposite end, the main roof extends outward to create both a covered extension of the playground and an additional learning space.
Bellbowrie Motors Showroom
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 , 2012
The new Bellbowrie Motors European Showroom and Workshop is a sophisticated addition to the existing motor vehicle sales precinct in Coffs Harbour. The architecture aims to draw the attention of passers-by and communicate to potential buyers the principles of high-end franchises such as Audi, Volvo, Skoda and Land Rover. The design also aims to achieve affordability for the client and meet the functional and operational requirements of the business. This contemporary facility contributes a progressive impression to the gateway of Coffs Harbour. Although it is located within an area of un-exceptional buildings, it is a development that will remain relevant in the future. The layout of the building is practical with the Showroom adjacent to the highway, the Workshop at the rear of the building; where customer vehicular access was foremost, and visibility from the highway was undesirable. These two areas are divided by a spine of support areas which is dissolved at the Entry to the building to allow direct viewing between the Showroom and Workshop.