Nepean Mental Health Centre, Penrith

Changing the Nature of Healing for Mental Health by Design.

A new insertion into the existing campus at Nepean hospital in Penrith, NSW; the Nepean Mental Health Centre is designed to respond to the increase in demand for mental health services as a result of the growing and ageing population.

The NMHC includes 64-mental health beds servicing high dependency, acute and Specialist Mental Health Services for Older Persons. The unit will include a dedicated inpatient ward and new facilities for the outpatient day program.

The hard steel and glazed exterior relates to the adjacent hospital buildings, and is contrasted with the non-institutional feel of the interiors and internal courtyards, where the focus is on healing by design and creating a sense of humanity and ownership.

With generous solar access, these therapeutic internal courtyards create visual connectivity and engage users with a tapestry of landscaping that changes with the passage of time, allowing regeneration to become visibly tangible.

The design of the unit provides a restorative health care unit, integrated into the local community and linked to the adjoining health precinct.



Health Infrastructure


New South Wales, Australia


7,278 m²



Completion Date

March 2014

Leadership Team

Domenic Alvaro, Henry Ahn, Greg Harper, Stephen Taskin

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