About the Building
The John James Foundation values the importance of biophilic design and considers this unique approach when developing its Community Infrastructure Projects.
Biophilic design is an approach to architecture and design that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature. Biophilic designed buildings incorporate things like natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and other elements for creating a more conducive and healthy built environment for people.
The John James Village project was specifically designed for wellness, healing and rest. The purpose built accommodation for immune suppressed patients included for smooth surface finishes so as not to promote infection. The use of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints were used, important to stave off allergy.
Each of the units contain ducted vacuum systems to eliminate airborne dust activity. The orientation of glazing maximises natural light and connection to the adjacent sensory landscaped gardens.
Through the design process, the Foundation gains a valuable understanding of the operational needs of its project partners. The design then translates to ensure the amenity is low maintenance and allows LFA to focus on its core service deliverables.
The John James Village respite accommodation facility was designed to include sustainable building elements such as a 12.88KwH Solar Energy system with Battery storage to eliminate the need for ongoing LFA reliance on mains energy supply for the facility. Any surplus energy generated is redirected to the local energy grid for distribution and supply to the local community.
The return on investment for the solar energy installation project at John James Village is 4.6years.
The John James Foundation prides itself on developing high quality facilities for the local community. The utilisation of the Building has shown that success can be created through a true partnership approach.