RAH shortlist announced

Sep 13, 2013
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Above: Shortlisted proposal by Zuzana & Nicholas from Queensland

The South Australian Government, organisers of the Royal Adelaide Hospital design competition, has today announced the shortlisted teams progressing to the second stage of the competition.

From an initial entry pool of 126 anonymous submissions, the jury has selected six teams – three of which are Australian, and three international ­– as finalists. They are:

Slash proposal


Slash (Victoria)
“This is a tactical scheme not a strategic grand plan. Its potential is fostered through a number of small moves and presents a series of identifiable, independent improvements, which collectively represent an achievable transformation of the site over time.”

Zuzana & Nicholas proposal


Zuzana & Nicholas (Queensland)
“As a powerful large visual gesture, the proposed new structure is extensive enough to generate a strong identity for the site, while limiting development costs initially, allowing for incremental future development.”

Oculus proposal


Oculus (New South Wales)
“This strategy significantly enhances the site’s relationship to the university campus to the west. The formal open space and ‘decluttering’ of the space surrounding the two remaining heritage listed buildings at the site’s south west provides an elegant isolated setting for the these historic buildings.”

Nice Architects proposal


Nice Architects (Slovakia)
“While this innovative approach to waste and the ‘hyper-nature’ of the newly created hillscape is clearly a radical transformation of the site, the jury considered that this proposal held significant potential, as both a memorable iconic gesture within the city, and a radical reinvention of the Adelaide city park.”

Ysalazam proposal


Ysalazam (Colombia)
“The jury considered the key strength of this submission to be the extension of the Park Lands into the RAH site, giving it new form – not through large open expanses of lawn or garden but through the introduction of an area of urban forest.”

Bondhag & De Rosa proposal


Bondhag & De Rosa (Germany)
“The jury was impressed by the considered reuse of existing built fabric within this submission. A simple strategy of editing, reordering and augmenting the site’s current built form provides multiple adaptable possibilities for the site.”

Jury chair, Shelley Penn, said: “After a rigorous review process, the jury was unanimous in determining that the shortlisted submissions offered a range of engaging possibilities and options for the site, and is excited about seeing these ideas develop in Stage 2.”

All entries to the competition are currently on display at 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm), and can also be viewed online at odasa.sa.gov.au/rahsite

Each of the teams will now develop their proposals further and will receive feedback from the jury, as well as ideas put forward by the South Australian community and stakeholders through the public exhibition process. An honorarium of $100,000 is presented to each team to assist with this stage.

The second stage also requires each team to work with a registered South Australian architect or landscape designer. Final submissions, due on 14 November 2013, will include more detailed plans, renders, models and video animations.

The winning project is due to be announced on 2 December, following a public exhibition of all Stage 2 submissions and an online voting system for the People’s Choice Award.

Entries were assessed by a panel including Shelley Penn, past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA); architect Bob Nation; landscape architect Catherin Bull; Timothy Hill, past partner of Donovan Hill architects; Tim Horton, past Commissioner for Integrated Design SA; Marcus Spiller, principal, partner and director of SGS Economics & Planning; and Catherine Slessor, editor of The Architectural Review (UK).


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