LOCATION: Camperdown, NSW
DEVELOPER: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
ARCHITECT: HDR Rice Daubney
INTERIOR DESIGNER: HDR Rice Daubney
BUILDER: Brookfield Multiplex
JOINER: Euroline Joinery
PRODUCTS: Lindberg Oak and Anti Bacterial HPL
This week’s Project Spotlight is a blast from the past as the project was designed by HDR Rice Daubney almost a decade ago, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was the first fully integrated comprehensive cancer centre in Sydney.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit, comprehensive centre specialising in advanced treatment and research for public and private patients who are suffering from rare and complex cancer cases.
The heart of the building is a central atrium that rises 11 levels and includes an expansive skylight that diffuses natural light throughout the building.
All spaces within the building revolve around the atrium, and exposed glass elevators connect the floors, offering subtle glimpses into the operation of the facility and dramatic views of the floors below.
The facility includes a comprehensive range of parallel therapies including massage, yoga, and Qi Gong as well as psychological support. In addition, the Lifehouse Living Room provides patients and families with information and support in a non-clinical environment.
The building was designed to be conceptually enclosing and protective without being introverted. The façade layering, louvres, patterned glass and perforated screens allow natural light to penetrate the interior while respecting the scale and detail of neighbouring heritage buildings.
Winner of five World Architecture Festival awards, this project achieved an excellent design outcome with an innovative clinical care model and redefined cancer care in Australia.