Architecture and Design India | The Robust Brickwork and Bold Transparent Forms Define Meals on Wheels SA Head Office

Meals on Wheels SA Head Office | JPE Design Studio | Australia

JPE Design Studio has designed an expressive façade for the Meals on Wheels SA Head Office in Australia. The project features a material palette of robust brickwork and bold transparent forms, which frame the activity within the street whilst expressing the structure. The new two-story central hub brings the administrative, commercial kitchen and office functions together. While the modest material palette, openness and accessibility echo the heart of this non-profit organization. The project is also the recipient of the 2021 SA Architecture Awards. Read on more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR).


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The project represents the expansion and modernization of Meals on Wheels South Australia while maintaining its significance and role in serving the community. 

Refined Material Palette

Situated on the top of 2 major traffic corridors, the new structure reinterprets the streetscape with its expressive brick façade that is welcoming and bold.

meals-on-wheels-sa-jpeThe transparent arrangements frame the activity within the street while expressing the building.

meals-on-wheels-sa-jpeThe upper level of the building is supported by a feature truss, crossing the main driveway entry from Sir Donald Bradman Drive and accentuating the houses that exist along the streetscape.


“Meals on Wheels now has an enhanced identity and interface with the community. The consolidation and provision of a new multi-purpose facility provide an inspiring and unified workplace for staff,” said the Design Studio.


Flexible Space 

The firm incorporates flexible and adaptable spaces in the building that can change over time. Office and kitchen spaces have been settled around a central courtyard. This is done to encourage meetings and offer an adaptable space to organize events and allow incidental connectivity. 

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“The new central hub better caters to the organization's future, with a flexible environment that allows for more effective working and efficiency whilst providing a contemporary environment focused on people and the role Meals on Wheels has in supporting our community,” the firm continued.

Spatial Spaces

Building’s practical spatial consideration ensures its connection and integration of residents with the outside environment.


The open courtyard allows natural light and air to flow to the inner spaces. The design focuses on diversity, connectivity and efficiency with healthful work environments that offer a modern workspace and foster social interaction. 


The new facility beautifully represents the organization’s core values and identity.

meals-on-wheels-sa-jpeIt showcases the new beginning for Meals on Wheels South Australia while responding to their legacy. 

Project Details

Project Name: The Meals on Wheels
Architecture Firm: JPE Design Studio
Year: 2020
Photographs by: David Sievers
Interior Design: JPE Design Studio
Landscape Architecture: JPE Design Studio
Construction: Kennett
Project Management: Cushman & Wakefield

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