Orange, in western New South Wales, was established in the 1860’s and is known for its produce, spectacular autumn foliage and culture. Uniting’s long-term association with Orange has been further strengthened with the opening of Wontama. This new integrated care facility provides 21st century care in a heritage setting, around the historic house “Berrilea”.
Cook Park is adjacent to Wontama and typifies the established landscape of Orange.
The established garden and magnificent ornamental trees on the site offer a beautiful setting for residents, carers and visitors. The location of the coffee shop at the entrance conveys the welcoming and caring philosophy of Uniting.
Taylor Brammer’s design philosophy of wellness and inclusion is celebrated with welcoming courtyards which feature a bird aviary, vegetable and herb beds. Sculpture and rural character resonate with the countryside setting of Orange. Sheltered seating locations provide opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the sun and nature in comfortable and pleasant surroundings.
Matthew Taylor, director of Taylor Brammer attended the opening with over 150 community members. This project exemplifies Taylor Brammer’s design expertise in creating inspirational spaces and environments.
This design expertise was explored recently at the ‘Making Cities Liveable’ Conference in Brisbane, where Matthew Taylor presented ‘An Urban World Towards Sustainability”. Matthew addressed the relationship of nature and human settlement. In understanding our ongoing and evolving relationship with our world, a historical perspective was used to evaluate the contemporary challenges and desired outcomes for sustainable cities. Read more on this presentation at http://blog.taylorbrammer.com.au/matthew-taylor-presents-at-2017-making-cities-liveable-conference/.
Familiar countryside elements are incorporated into the courtyards, further supporting the concepts of wellness at Wontama.