Architects Marchese Partners are building 22 projects across Australia – they point to the future of retirement villages design

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In preparation for the LEADERS SUMMIT (20-21 March in Sydney) we spoke with Eugene Marchese who will be presenting his vision of the blended retirement and aged care sector for the next 30 years. His firm is now the architect of choice in the sector, currently with 7 projects going in Adelaide, 6 in Sydney, 4 in Melbourne, 3 in Brisbane and 2 in Perth.
They also have three projects in China, including a 6,000sqm senior’s university campus that delivers residential and community services, not to mention projects in Malaysia and planned for the West Coast USA.
Eugene bluntly states that the traditional village concept will not meet customer expectations and be relevant to the market within five years. Marchese is creating ‘facilities for life’ – campuses style developments that offer the full spectrum of accommodation and services.
“We are moving from a post war resident to a pre baby boomer resident. They demand different built product and services, which will need to be still relevant in 30 years time, given the life of a village”.
Modern medicines mean people will live longer and be more active. Less emphasis on hydrotherapy pools and more on longer swimming pools to allow 75 year olds to do 20 laps a day. Community halls need to give way to restaurants with a commercial feel. Villages need to move to a more urban feel rather than a suburban feel.
You can hear Eugene’s vision and see his solutions at the LEADERS SUMMIT (20-21 March – Sydney)


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