The Conservatory aims to provide a space for the mental and emotional recovery of elderly people living in residential aged care facilities. Responding to psychological concepts of identity, purpose and renaissance, this project explores strategies for providing non-institutionalised forms of recuperation and therapy for the residents. Sited at Mornington Park in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, The Conservatory provides the opportunity for the elderly residents to engage in the simple and therapeutic activity of gardening outside of the facility boundaries. Here, new memories can be created through the sharing of past and present experiences with residents from other aged care facilities and children from the primary schools around the area. The act of planting and caring for the plants not only helps increase wellbeing through interaction with nature but also promotes a sense of independence, responsibility, purpose and achievement through the growth and care of the plants. In creating opportunities for community interaction, these social relationships in turn create positive experiences for the elderly.