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The Terraces Care Facility

Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia

This facility provides a warm, vibrant community surrounded by plenty of local cafes and restaurants for residents to enjoy. 

Providing permanant and respite care, the Terraces Aged Care facility is a McKenzie Aged Care development in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast.

This facility provides a warm, vibrant community surrounded by plenty of local cafes and restaurants for residents to enjoy.

Citicene were engaged for landscape architectural services including concept phase, detailed design and construction.  

 Lush, shady and cool central landscaped courtyards provide a retreat for residents. Upper, mid and lower storey shade loving species create a rainforest character in these outdoor spaces and establish a relaxing atmosphere popular with residents.   

Organic pavement and turf shapes within these central courtyards create a paradoxical design response to the adjoining pavement gid that surrounds the development. 

The Terraces Aged Care

A formal paved entry road provides structure to the entry forecourt and is complimented with palms as well as specimen evergreen shade trees to offset the building height and built form. In addition to this, sub-tropical shrubs and groundcovers tolerant of coastal conditions make up the garden beds surrounding the development.

This site is positioned in Varsity Lakes and therefore additional landscape treatments to the streetscape were required as part of the overall covenant for the precinct.

McKenzie Aged Care  

Gold Coast City Council

Aged Care Landscape Design Principles

Careful consideration within design ensures outdoor spaces are designed and
constructed in accordance with the elderly’s needs.


Equitable Access

Easy equitable access in accordance with Australian Standards is crucial in these types of developments


Impact Through Colour

A variety of plant selection and species creating interest through colour and fragrance. Low maintenance species that provide screening, privacy, shade and interest.



Discrete swimming pool areas that provide privacy and security. Secure areas for residents for safety and protection.  


Space for Recreational Activities

Other landscape elements can include walking tracks throughout gardens, raised planter boxes for personal gardening and vegetable or flower beds and low maintenance spaces to reduce workload for more able retirees

Central Courtyards

Passive Architectural design strategies for Cooling

The Terraces Aged Care

'Passive Design' strategies assist in reducing impacts on the environment including reducing operating costs, reducing the use of resources and providing better outdoor spaces.

Passive design is an important consideration for any development and providing outdoor spaces that link to internal spaces assist in allowing this design consideration to be achieved.

Courtyards play an important role and can have a wide range of benefits from social benefits through to environmental considerations. In this case, the courtyards were designed to be lush, sub-tropical outdoor spaces creating a breezeway through the centre of the building to help reduce the need for air-conditioning use.

The inclusion of 'large-leaf' shade loving species ensure survivability in a low light environment while providing colour, interest and a softening of built form. Turf enclosed in natural curved edging helps to reduce the structured pavement effect of the forecourts to the building.

Seats and water features also strengthen the strong rainforest character and help to build an atmosphere that is welcoming and relaxing while taking advantage of the climate.

The Terraces Aged Care

P.O. Box 1242
16 Creek Road
Mount Gravatt, QLD, 4122
Queensland, Australia


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Phone: +61 7 3161 6420
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