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Design Concept

The new Adelaide health and Medical Sciences Building building in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct (SAHBP) in the City's West End, reflects a new direction for infrastructure development to complement the needs of tomorrow’s health sciences education.

It has been designed to promote small-group learning, particularly at undergraduate level, with integrated research and shared teaching areas to encourage seamless collaboration between students from different schools.

The new building concepts, prepared by Lyons Architects, feature a diversity of ‘new generation’ spaces including:

  • small collaborative group study areas
  • experiential teaching spaces
  • skills-based learning laboratories within technology-rich environments
  • unique student social spaces to encourage a ‘peer to peer’ learning culture

Inspired by the University’s North Terrace Campus, the concept incorporates familiar features such as terracing, courtyards, cloisters, connecting stairs, unique social spaces, materials and textures.

The design will connect the streetscape with the West-End precinct and the wider City of Adelaide. There is an abundance of light and transparency and plenty of room for students to interact.

The façade design reflects the well-known West-End railway lines to create a series of sunshade devices on the outside of the building.

The ground floor will act as a welcoming ‘urban connection space’, with views to the River Torrens and beyond to the Adelaide Oval. This will reinforce a sense of openness and accessibility for students, staff and visitors.

There are environmentally sustainable design features such as fully automated natural ventilation to key public spaces, a high performance double glazed facade, low pollutant materials, water saving and energy saving infrastructure.

AHMS Project Team

Level 6, Kenneth Wills Building
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide

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