Health buildings are rarely glamorous. Architects working in the health sector must constantly negotiate between tight budgets, highly specific functional briefs, political expectations, complex client …
Hospitals and modernity came together in compelling ways in 1930s Australia. Julie Willis looks at the work of Arthur Stephenson and the role that health buildings played in developing Modernist architectural strategies in this country.
Bold and witty, Lyons new work at Sunshine Hospital, in Melbourne’s west, invites both patients and the institution to participate in the public realm. Review by Paul Walker.
The redevelopment of St Vincent’s, Darlinghurst, by Bligh Voller Nield, brings “growth-and-change” ideas to bear on new ambulatory health care models. Elizabeth Farrelly looks at this large project tucked into a tight inner urban site.
Light and shade, walls and space, civic and social values. Sarita Chand argues that in the complex and fast-changing world of contemporary healthcare, hospitals need the qualities that architecture can bring more than ever.
A ten-year program to rebuild Queensland’s health infrastructure is nearly complete. Michael Keniger outlines the program, the issues and the outcomes, and introduces five representative projects.
Merrima’s work at Wilcannia contributes to cultural sustainment by crafting new in-between spaces – both physical and conceptual. Michael Tawa reviews a project which negotiates between cultures, landcapes, health practices and histories.
Domesticity and the institution meet in Bear Cottage, by MSJ, NSW’s first dedicated children’s hospice. Charles Rice speculates on the relationship between inhabitation and the image of the domestic.
The grim and dangerous link between severely sub-standard housing and poor health is being actively addressed by the Housing for Health programs. Paul Pholeros outlines the issues, the process and the outcomes of this important work.
A range of projects underway or recently completed in the health sector.
As hospitals reclaim their civic role in our communities, they are also the subject of renewed architectural exploration. Corbett Lyon outlines shifting paradigms and the efforts to develop a new hospital type that is both functionally effective and culturally connected.
Positive uncertainty. The enormous hole in the middle of Melbourne that is the QV site is being filled day by day. Donald Bates looks at the urban ideas of difference and diversity developed to build a new city block.
The House in a Park is a prototype piece of urban furniture that opens up to accommodate the homeless. Peter Johns looks at Sean Godsell’s proposal to build rudimentary shelter into civic infrastructure.
Cultural infrastructure. The premiated architects in the Millennium Arts competitions for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library expansion have now been announced. Antony Moulis and Sheona Thomson review the competitions, the process, and the results.
Reflectivity and depth. The play between glossy and matt surfaces lends a subtle complexity to a simple restaurant fitout by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Review by Justine Clark.
Architecture from the EdgeBarry McNeill and Leigh Woolley. Montpellier Press, $60.As an architect and academic from another edge (Perth), this book documenting the creativity of …
International WOHA Architects came second equal in Singapore’s Duxton Plain Public Housing Competition with a staggered honeycomb of homes and gardens floating over a public …
Philip Drew explores the forgotten pleasures of Ian McKay’s house for David Moore at Lobster Bay.
Two recent architectural conferencesPlanet earth is a marvellous and complex system supporting life and producing no waste. This is because all waste in the earth’s …
Lost In SpaceAm I alone in being entirely underwhelmed by the RAIA 2002 Convention? From the outset the program had me struggling to engage, and …