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MAAP worked with local firm, Swanbury Penglase Architects, the masterplan and design for Glenside Health Campus, a 129-bed health and substance abuse facility for people from South Australian country regions and the eastern metropolitan Adelaide region. Through collaborative working, our joint design team has meshed international expertise and emerging trends in mental healthcare design with an experienced understanding of the local architectural vernacular, appreciation of the site and the community it serves.


The project builds on the client’s vision to create a campus integrated within the wider community. A strong relationship has been achieved with adjoining retail and commercial precincts by creation of a Village Green which connects the three precincts and preserves views through the site to significant trees. Public places are linked to form a continuous series of spaces which complements the adjacent Adelaide Parklands.


The facilities provide a continuous gradient of privacy and security to foster autonomy and support recovery. Inpatient units are clustered in a series of pods containing ‘private’ on-ward activities alongside secure and private gardens. The pods are linked by a ‘mall’ accommodating shared spaces, beyond which the ‘public’ face of the building provides flexible and adaptable generic accommodation.


 “This is a significant milestone for mental health services in South Australia. The new Glenside Health Service is a key element of the state’s broader mental health reforms and places South Australia as a leader in this field. The transition from an outdated asylum style of care to a modern, flexible environment which provides mental health consumers and staff with a space to promote healing and recovery is transforming how we provide mental health care.”

Premier Mr Jay Weatherill.


Adelaide, SA, Australia



Mental Health / Masterplanning



South Australia Health



Masterplanner, Architect, with Swanbury Penglase






Completed 2013



Design and Health International Academy Awards 2011: Highly Commended – Best Future Health Project

Contact Us | © Medical Architecture Australasia Pacific Pty Limited 2017 | Nominated NSW Registered Architect: John Alexander Clarke 8903

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