Photo: Ros Kavanagh
Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing
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Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) is an innovative healthcare model for care of the elderly, combining prevention and clinical care, research and teaching in one location. Constructed over seven storeys the building occupies an extremely compact site within St James’s Hospital which necessitated cantilevering the upper floors to facilitate fire-tender access to the periphery of the complex. Future redevelopment of this area will realise the urban intention for MISA and open it up to the adjacent linear park on St James’s Walk through a shared plaza. The seven storey In-patient block is arranged north- south ensuring sunlight penetration into rooms whilst engaging with the adjoining linear park. Day Areas have balconies with south facing views over the city. The template is enlarged on the southern side reflecting the geometry of the site and facilitating larger intensive care wards. The ground and first floor waiting and ambulatory clinics are animated by a landscaped courtyard. The workshop and exhibition spaces of the Creative Life Centre occupy a pivotal position adjacent to this courtyard reflecting their central role in the promotion of health and wellbeing in the MISA model.