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Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition
RAH Architectural Contest in South Australia – design by Esan Rahmani / littleBIGdesignlab
16 Sep 2013
RAH Design Competition
Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition
Design: Esan Rahmani / littleBIGdesignlab
Due to the relocation of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital the South Australian government called for an international competition to take a fresh look at how the existing hospital site could be used.
This lead to our collaboration with another team of young Sydney architects : littleBigDesignLab Raymond Ng, Gerald Lau, Benjamin Wong & Nick Kwong . The scheme envisions a cultural hub for the city of Adelaide (Australia) by proposing a museum of contemporary art and other culturally significant buildings which is integrated into one landscape that also acts as the new gateway to the city’s Botanical Gardens.
Given the site’s prominent location in the city at the intersection of three distinct precincts (health+well-being, education+culture and entertainment), the design is aimed at the creation of an art & cultural park that offers a comprehensive set of facilities including state of the art museums, galleries and performance spaces, world-class art and design institutions, creative studio spaces and workshops for the design community, and unique retail and commercial activities to foster a vibrant meeting place and landmark for Adelaide and south Australia in the broader context.
In creating a significant art & cultural hub for the city the proposal aims to position Adelaide as an integral player in creative and artistic innovations on the world stage. The design allows art to be free of environmental constraints providing a multifaceted layers and opportunities for the exhibition of artworks through the scheme including media facades, a range of different open and closed and controlled environments. The site is intended to serve as a canvas on which spontaneity can occur so that there is always something new to discover on each visit. it is a place for the community to meet, gather and enjoy throughout the year.
The proposed art & cultural park is comprised of three major components:
1. Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) – landmark building that provides the key programmes of the site in conjunction with adaptive re-use of existing buildings into institutional facilities, hospitality, retail and commercial functions.
2. Plaza – a multi-functional ‘outdoor living room’ providing a canvas for an open-ended range of activities such as outdoor performances, projection screens for events, sports and movie screenings, art and crafts markets – a highly flexible place shared by the community that can be adapted and shaped according to how the public uses it.
3. Gateway – acts as an extension to the botanic gardens with a landscaped outdoor auditorium-like spaces to allow for public performances and provide a cool outdoor break out space. forming an urban oasis for which learning, creation and appreciation of art and culture can be fostered.
These major components are fused together by an urban terrain of parklands and generous shared pedestrian/cycle paths that facilitate the connection of the site with the city and its surrounding context.
Collaborators: Esan Rahmani, Raymond Ng, Gerald Lau, Benjamin Wong, Nick Kwong – littleBigDesignLab
Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition images / information from architect Esan Rahmani
Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition Shortlist
Six design teams were shortlisted in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas Design competition. The jury chose the shortlisted teams from the 126 submissions from twenty-four countries.
Oculus (New South Wales)
Zuzana & Nicholas (Queensland)
Bondhag & De Rosa (Germany)
Nice Architects (Slovakia)
Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition Jury
On the jury were Shelley Penn (chair, AIA immediate past national president), Bob Nation (architect), Dr Catherin Bull (University of Melbourne), Timothy Hill (Donovan Hill), Tim Horton (architect), Marcus Spiller (SGS Economics & Planning), Catherine Slessor (The Architectural Review).
esanrahmani.net (Esan Rahmani)
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
RAH Design Competition in Adelaide
RAH Design Competition Adelaide – 29 Aug + 18 Jul 2013
The international design competition seeking innovative solutions for the current RAH site is now open for entries from registered architects and landscape architects. Marking the beginning of the International Open Ideas Design Competition, Planning Minister John Rau also announced the former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and an editor of an international architect publication will form part of an independent expert judging panel.
Buildings / photos for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition page welcome