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In Progress: SAHMRI / Woods Bagot / Woods Bagot

In Progress: SAHMRI / Woods Bagot / Woods Bagot
In Progress: SAHMRI / Woods Bagot / Woods Bagot, © Peter Barnes
© Peter Barnes

© Peter Fisher © Peter Fisher © Peter Fisher © Peter Fisher +23

  • Laboratory Specialists

    RFD
  • Civil / Structural / Facade Engineers

    Aurecon
  • Building Services Engineers

    Norman, Disney & Young
  • Managing Contractor

    Hindmarsh
  • Cost Manager

    Rider Levett Bucknall
  • ESD Consultants

    Cundall
  • Facade Environmental Consultants

    Atelier 10
  • Project Risk Management

    Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure
  • Client

    South Australian Government; The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
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Aerial visualisation of the South Australian Health and Medical Research located with the new Health Precinct in Adelaide’s West End
Aerial visualisation of the South Australian Health and Medical Research located with the new Health Precinct in Adelaide’s West End

The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP opened the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide, November 29.

The institute, with architecture by Woods Bagot and Research Facilities Design (RFD), defined by a unique facade designed in collaboration with Aurecon, is set to be a world-class centre of research excellence accommodating up to 675 researchers, located in a medical precinct that will also be home to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH).

© Peter Fisher
© Peter Fisher

The co-location of research and hospital services will create synergies between researchers and clinicians, integrate health and medical research into practice and help attract and retain key researchers and scientists to South Australia.

“This is a celebration and acknowledgement of a journey of hard work, passion and innovative solutions, delivered by a committed Project Team,” said SAHMRI’s Executive Director, Professor Steve Wesselingh.

© Peter Fisher
© Peter Fisher

Cutting edge architecture by Woods Bagot, including an innovative facade design, provides approximately 25,000 square metres of space.

“Woods Bagot is excited to be part of SAHMRI and the creation of an iconic, architectural building for a world-class facility and for the community,” said Woods Bagot Director, Thomas Masullo.

Level 4 communal café area with visual connections between floors and spiral staircase to encourage collaboration between researchers
Level 4 communal café area with visual connections between floors and spiral staircase to encourage collaboration between researchers

The key driver of the building design is to foster collaboration between researchers, achieved through architecture that allows a visual connection between floors and an interconnecting spiral stair.

“Key to the success of the SAHMRI is its central proposition: a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world,” said Woods Bagot Principal, Peter Miglis.

North-South building cross section
North-South building cross section

Inspired by the skin of a pine cone, the building’s unique triangulated dia-grid facade responds to its environment like a living organism, acting as an articulated sunshade.

Following an intensive environmental analysis with consultants Atelier 10, Woods Bagot used parametric modelling tools to integrate environmental, programmatic, and formal requirements into the facade.

© Peter Fisher
© Peter Fisher

“Woods Bagot’s global team worked on the project together, including designers from the Adelaide, London, New York and San Francisco studios,” said Senior Associate, Enzo Caroscio.

SAHMRI building function concept diagram
SAHMRI building function concept diagram
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "In Progress: SAHMRI / Woods Bagot / Woods Bagot" 05 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/454746/in-progress-sahmri-woods-bagot-woods-bagot/>
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