Priest Retreat Centre
The Priest Retreat Centre was built as a retirement facility for aged priests in Sarawak. Instead of an isolated retirement facility that would be cut off from the community, we proposed an integrated retreat centre that would provide accommodation for the retired priests, while at the same time include facilities for the church community. A small chapel that can accommodate up to 50 people was also included in the development. By combining the retirement and activity functions together, this would ensure that the priests would not become isolated and still be able to interact with people who utilise the facilities.
To ensure that the retirement units had sufficient privacy from visitors, all of the units were designed as suites – with a small living area facing the common areas, and a separate bedroom at the back that faces away from the common areas. This meant that the residents were given the flexibility of using the more public spaces that would enable them to interact with visitors, or for them to retreat to their own private bedrooms.
Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Photographs taken by: IDC Architects