Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
Conrad Gargett, in joint venture with Lyons, were commissioned for the architecture, landscape and interior design of the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in 2007. Opened in 2014, the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is a 359 bed tertiary/quaternary hospital in inner city Brisbane. . Its innovative and colourful design incorporates leading edge diagnostic and treatment facilities which provide specialist health services for children.
The client's brief was for a welcoming, bright and supportive environment for young patients and their families. The design process began with research into the typology of the modern hospital.
The project was an opportunity to contest prevailing functionalist and medico-centric models, to radically rethink the care model and design a building which would act as a touchstone for the local community.
The design concept is of a 'living tree'. Double height spaces (branches) radiate from two vertical atria (trunks) in the centre of the plan. These extend to the street to form framing portals and balconies and the branches also bring light and air into the building.
The design promotes a positive, rich and stimulating architectural experience, incorporating landscape, maximizing daylight and views, and facilitating wayfinding.