Tarkett Australia worked with the architects and interior designers of Amaroo Village, an award-nominated aged care facility in Perth, Western Australia on a practical flooring solution that would also be welcoming and calming for residents.

Amaroo Village is a new double-storey 74-bed specialist aged care facility designed by Gary Batt Associates Architects. In addition to two residential aged care facilities, the village also includes a library, hairdresser and open barbecue space.

Based on the brief that called for a calming yet practical flooring solution, Tarkett liaised with De Fiddes Design, which was engaged to undertake selections of all interior finishes including flooring.

Tarkett Australia National Aged Care BDM Matt Potent said the eventual flooring solutions were inspired by organic patterns and colours.

“De Fiddes Design was tasked to create an environment that was welcoming and relaxing for the residents.

“We know that proximity to nature helps recharge our personal batteries. Amaroo Village is set in gentle bushland and we drew on research around that to suggest flooring designs that help to bring natural qualities indoors and provide a calming environment for the residents.”

Tarkett Powerbond, a nylon pile carpet with a closed-cell impervious backing was chosen for the flooring after consulting with the client to understand the needs of residents and reviewing the latest research on designing for the elderly and those living with dementia.

“With the aesthetics and comfort of carpet, Powerbond seams can be cold-welded to create an integrated, impermeable floor covering ideally suited for health and aged care applications,” Potent continued.

“We know that spillage is one of the main challenges staff and residents may face and, with no leakage, Powerbond is impervious to spills.

“It also needed to be a sustainable solution, which fitted within the client’s budget.”

Products chosen from the Powerbond flooring range included Meridia for its soft tone all-over pattern that provides an eye-catching alternative to solid colour, and Regalia, a soft stipple all-over effect that adds an energising flourish.

Both Gary Batt Associates Architects and De Fiddes Design were finalists in the 2018 Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards for the Amaroo Village project.