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ko&co architecture, mental health facility, brisbane architect, queensland architect

nundah house

Nundah House is Queensland’s first Step Up Step Down (SUSD) development and is a short stay mental health residential care service derived from a successful model implemented in Victoria and the ACT. The aim of a SUSD service is to provide a clinically supported environment as an alternative to hospital admission (Step Up), and as a transition from a stay in hospital before going home (Step Down).

Located within a high density residential street, the building discretely blends into its context. Designed as a homely, welcoming environment, it is a stark contrast to a hospital environment. Through colour, texture, light, and landscape, the building accommodates communal uses and private spaces, allowing client engagement and retreat in a variety of forms. The ground level of the building contains a communal living, dining and kitchen area, reception, staff offices and staff accommodation. Upper levels house individual, self contained rooms, including two wheelchair accessible rooms, as well as additional communal outdoor living, laundry facilities and meeting spaces.

The building design and construction included extensive consultation with potential clients, carers, clinical staff, other support staff and authorities. The result of the consultation is a building which has been well received by all and will hopefully become an exemplar project for the mental health sector.

key information

residential care facility




metro north hospital
and health service


project collaborators

saunders havill

town planning

vt consulting

civil engineer

gta consultants

traffic engineer


woollam constructions

rps project management

project management

tungsten structures

structural engineer

medland engineers

services engineer


landscape architect

noise measurement consultants

acoustic engineer



ko&co with deb studio

interior designer

kate mathieson photography


nundah house_elevation A.jpg

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