Azure Blue Carina

LocationCarina, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
ClientBlue Care

Azure Blue Carina is a retirement living village giving retirees freedom to manage their daily lifestyle with assistance in home facilities and social and recreational activities.

Place Design Group led a team that undertook staged renovations of an exsiting courtyard to provide security, comfort and recreation for Blue Care’s dementia clientele.

The team created a concept design which incorporated a Circulus Garden, a Sensory Garden and an Internal Courtyard.

The Circulus Garden provides a new looped pathway and covered seating and gathering area, and is accessed via two small gates through a curved picket fence, and underneath an arbour structure allowing residents to have a sense of freedom within.

Understanding that some dementia patients will increasingly function on a sensory level, the Sensory Courtyard combines scented and edible plants, a water feature, dry ‘creek’, a range of tactile surfaces and raised gardens/potting area with small water tank and workbench, where staff will lead residents in hands on horticultural therapy.

The new courtyards also include more shade for year-round use,  and installation and renovation of fencing to enhance safety and security, lighting throughout, an irrigation system, low maintenance materials, new planting, bespoke shade structures and numerous seating areas.