Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) has received a 2017 AIA NSW Architecture Award for Public Architecture.
The only health project to be selected for a NSW award, the jury recognised the Centre for its contribution to Albury’s public realm through excellence in architectural design.
The jury commented:
The project is configured with the care usually afforded buildings of a smaller scale, resulting in a cocktail of calmness, inventiveness and delight.
The project’s dedication to patient focus, both inside and out, is further evident in its shortlisting in this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards.
Having received an Award from the NSW AIA chapter, the project will now progress to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Canberra on Thursday 2 November.
David Leece, Director-in-Charge of the project, commented:
The vision for the Centre was to create a nurturing, calm place for patients, their loved ones and the wider community, so it is with great delight that we receive this award. Congratulations to the team that worked so hard on this project, to make it the showpiece that it has turned out to be.
The jury’s full comments read:
“This project harnesses landscape, through access and views, as a means to enrich the healing environment for each patient. It seeks out relationships between hospital facilities, public circulation and a delightful uplifting landscape as a mechanism to punctuate the length of stay of many of its patients. The result is a calming interior with meandering corridors that offer prospect between floors and large communal seating areas. Treatment rooms are designed barrier free, empowering patients with the choice between views across the landscape or to turn towards hospital staff. Patient rooms have been designed to allow for domestication by patients and visitors, through the use of deep window seats and suggestive shelving. The project is configured with the care usually afforded buildings of a smaller scale, resulting in a cocktail of calmness, inventiveness and delight.”
Congratulations to all of the projects in this year’s AIA NSW awards.
Read more about the project here.