14 Jul 2020
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
DPN Casa Capace is revolutionising residential property development, creating luxurious homes designed with the utmost consideration for accessible living.
DPN Group appreciated the relationship between physical environment considerations with residential design, especially as physical disability is as much, if not more, a matter of spatial design than a person’s abilities.
Casa translates literally to: house or home, and Capace: with the ability to achieve. Derived from the Italian language, these words quite aptly convey the purpose that drives the social impact business - to create innovative and beautiful homes that enable a life of comfort, ease, dignity and independence for people of all abilities.
Designed by leading architect Aaron Stevens in collaboration with NGOs and government entities, Casa Capace homes exceed the requirements of the NDIS and are built to the highest level of accessibility in the Livable Housing Australia Design Guidelines. This means that Casa Capace homes will welcome and accommodate people with significant physical impairment.
“As an enterprise, we are fanatical and fastidious about design,” says Sam Khalil, Managing Director, DPN Casa Capace. “Our mission is to create innovative and beautiful homes for people with disabilities which don’t look institutional.” Casa Capace properties are luxurious, tech-savvy residences, composed of thoughtful spaces, impeccable finishes, and sophisticated fittings and fixtures. “Our design approach is a warm, calm luxury which is employed throughout our home seamlessly,” says Khalil, “We purposely harmonised materials and elements with rigor to reduce clutter and visual pollution.”
Of course, it is not all about aesthetics. “The use of technology has no bigger impact on people’s lives than in the disability sector. Smart homes empower disabled people to live more independently and have control over their environment” explains Khalil. Casa Capace is the first disability housing provider to offer an end-to-end Apple HomeKit solution as an option, making everyday tasks and movements actionable by voice command.
Achieving such refined design for accessible living was no small feat, given the limitationsof accessibility products available. While many items were designed and made specifically for Casa Capace, partners and suppliers of others were carefully selected for their shared desire to design for accessibility. “Partnering with industry leaders, we selected Zip HydroTap for it’s ease of function for people with limited movement; residents can get a glass of boiling or chilled water using just a fist,” explains Khalil, adding, “we were also impressed with Zip Water’s superior product quality and sleek aesthetics, making them a perfect fit for inclusion in Casa Capace homes.”
Unveiled in February 2020 by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, the Casa Capace pilot home is the first multi-dwelling home of its kind. With six bedrooms across two independent dwellings, the homes provide both intimacy and community for NDIS participants.
PROJECT: Casa Capace, Oran Park, NSW
SPECIFIED BY: DPN Group
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tyrone Branigan
PRODUCTS SPECIFIED: HydroTap Cube BA – Gunmetal