The Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital designed by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart won the Public Design award at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Design statement

Melbourne’s $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital uses innovative and evidence-based design principles to reflect changing healthcare practices, workplace patterns, user expectations, community aspirations and environmental responsibility. The overall design of the interiors is underpinned by the therapeutic benefits of nature in the healing process. The design story is derived from forms, patination and colour that have been mapped directly from the natural world to form an enriching and restorative environment for children, staff and the public. Considered detailing invites the human touch and de-institutionalizes the hospital genre. At the heart of the hospital is the six-storey Main Street, a naturally lit public thoroughfare that links all the elements of the hospital together and seamlessly integrates it with the parkland beyond. The approach to colour is intrinsically linked to the wayfinding strategy, which celebrates the many landscapes that make up the state of Victoria. Colours derived from the environment define each level and have been applied in a coordinated approach, from signage through to environmental graphics, paint, joinery, vinyl, furniture and soft furnishings. The result is an engaging and coherent, joyful and uplifting range of interiors.

Jury comment

The awarded and commended projects in this category demonstrate the impact of interior space on society. The Royal Children’s Hospital project reveals a legitimate balance between architecture and interior design; a brilliant collaboration resulting in an interior that is necessarily functional, yet incredibly beautiful. The jury believes that the project sets a new benchmark in this restrictive building typology and that it will be seen as a game-changer for healthcare in Australia. It is a project that will transform the public healthcare sector. The designers have achieved a cohesive design and a softness within a vast interior. The spaces are appropriate for patients, visitors and staff alike. They are warm, welcoming and not at all intimidating. The fresh colour palette, joinery detailing and lighting all combine to create interior spaces that have a positive impact on those within.

This project also won the Interior Design Excellence & Innovation Award and Colour in Commercial Design Award.

Credits

Design practice
Bates Smart Melbourne
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Jeff Copolov, Mark Healey, Kristen Whittle, Andrew Francis, Nicola Lodge, Jane Reiseger, Rosemary Burne, Wai Fong Chin, Lucy Croft, Paola Echeverry, Lynsey Fox, Ross Goldsworthy, Sue Guzick, Tonya Hinde, Claire Hughes, Alice Milledge, Simone Morgan, Mairead Murphy, Daniel Rafter, Evan Reeves, Anna Spirou, Kathrin Stumpf, Inta Thomas, Elisabetta Zanella, Sarah White
Design practice
Billard Leece Partnership
Australia
Landscape design
Land Design Partnership
Carlton, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Consultants
Horticulture May Horticulture
Irrigation Ten Buuren Irrigation Design
Site details
Location 50 Flemington Road,  Parkville,  Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Building area 165000 m2
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Health
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2011
Design, documentation 43 months
Construction 12 months
Website http://www.batessmart.com.au/#/projects/health/the-new-royal-children's-hospital-parkville-interiors/proj/description0
Client
Client Royal Children's Hospital and Lend Lease
Website rch.org.au

Source

Awarded Project

Published online: 28 Apr 2012
Words: 2012 AIDA Awards Jury
Images: John Gollings, Shannon McGrath

Issue

Artichoke, April 2012

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