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Winning hospital design puts smiles on faces

Kerry Boettcher
Monday 08 Jun 2015

Conrad Gargett team scoops top award for design of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane

Conrad Gargett, designers of The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Goddard Building Rooftop expansion at University of Queensland have won the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year at the 2015 Brisbane Architecture Awards last month. 

The project, which was a joint venture between Conrad Gargett and Lyons Architecture was lauded by the jury: “Solving complex problems of urban design and architectural scale. The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane, establishes a new benchmark in paediatric healthcare for the State of Queensland through innovative clinical procedures housed within legible spatial and formal gestures that place the child at the centre of care. 

“Centred around the metaphor of a living tree with trunks/atria and branches/spaces, the internal spaces of this state-of-the-art children’s hospital achieves sensory stimulation for its patients through the use of colour, light, materials and integrated art features which distract the users from the intended functional purpose for their visit.

“Exemplary in its unwavering philosophy of integrating art into every aspect of its fabric, function and ethos, this building is a gallery, a canvas, and a theatre, whose focus is to bring delight and diversion to the lives of sick children and the people who care for them.”

Conrad Gargett’s managing director, Bruce Wolfe has described the success as the culmination of seven years of intense planning, design and construction. “We are very thankful to the Institute for its recognition of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the hard work of Conrad Gargett Lyons on this project.”

The hospital was also awarded commendations for urban design, interior architecture, public architecture, and The Australian Institute of Architects Prize for Art and Architecture. 

In addition to their success with the Lady Cilento Hospital, Conrad Gargett was also awarded a commendation in heritage for the Goddard Building rooftop expansion at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. 

The expansion was describe by the jury as: “A skilfully crafted and lovingly detailed jewel. This project respects its historical context and cleverly satisfies its brief. Meticulous consideration of every gesture, from grand to the most minute, delivers an innovative, surprisingly sustainable and adaptive addition to the family of the Great Court.”

Kerry Boettcher

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