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The New Royal Children’s Hospital

Mar 29, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Designer Scharp Design
  • Architect Bates Smart

Surrounded by nature yet minutes from the city, the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia incorporates the latest evidence and research-based design principles to enhance healing outcomes. Currently under construction, the design uses natural forms and light to nurture the imagination and engage the senses.

Reaching seamlessly into its natural setting and bringing the light, textures and forms of the park inside, the concept for the new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne was inspired by its site. A ‘bushland’ character has been thoughtfully integrated into the delivery of a family-focused healing environment.

The design incorporates extensive positive connection with nature, ingenious cognitive wayfinding, and a scale that can be easily ‘read’ by people of all ages. Central to the concept is the idea that the children who are the patients, as well as their parents, visitors and staff on site can feel connected to the natural cycle of each day due to the changing natural light and direct engagement with the parkland setting.

A natural palette of textures and colours brings the landscape inside, while the healing potential of a home-like environment, rich with distraction, play and imagination has been explored for every age group.

*Team Members*
Kristen Whittle, Ron Billard, Sheree Proposch, Ron Dennis

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