Relocation of Temple Street Hospital to the Mater Hospital Site
Garwin Farren was the Project Architect and Associate in charge of the design on this hospital campus. The brief involved the relocation and expansion of Temple Street Children’s Hospital on the site of the Mater Adult Hospital also involved a major extension of the Mater facilities. The 7 storey acute Healthcare project was a highly complex development amidst a live hospital site. The 35,000m2 series of buildings was designed with a helipad on the roof and an 800 space car park in two basement levels.
The main entrance is situated at the end of a forecourt with two storeys glass canopies overhead. The entrance concourse is designed as a giant stone cube with its surface broken up into pulsating slabs with chinks of light between. The stone cube, which unites the Adult’s Hospital with that of the children’s, appears for hover one storey above the ground and the public enters under the front edge. Inside is a 7 storey space containing the main reception and waiting area as well as a cafe and some related retail. There is a helipad on the roof of the concourse with ‘hot lifts’ connecting the helipad with the critical levels of both hospitals. Under the entire site an 800 space car park was designed over two basement levels.
The Children’s Hospital
The Children’s Hospital was arranged around a multi-functional courtyard. The main circulation for the hospital was pulled out into the courtyard in a series of glass cores and bridges for ease of way finding and to provide a visual distraction for the children confined to the wards. The courtyard was sheltered by series of giant operable umbrellas which could open to maximise light and ventilation to the surrounding rooms.
Images produced during the design process
Total Floor area:
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Bedrooms: 4 ensuite + servant quarters
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