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South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Major Urban Research Building Repositions Adelaide as a Health and Medical Research Center

Reinforcing South Australia as a major health and medical research center, the 323,000-square-foot (30,000-square-meter) building is positioned alongside the Royal Adelaide Hospital and accommodates up to 700 researchers from around the world. The transparent facade showcases two internal atriums, while the building’s form is further expressed by its unique triangulated dia-grid facade inspired by the skin of a pine cone and responds to the position of the sun. The sculptural qualities of SAHMRI’s form aim to inspire and promote the building’s function. Inside, employees enjoy nine flexible research modules.



South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI)


Adelaide, Australia


25,000 square meters



Completion Date





R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year - Australian Institute of Architects Awards 

Commendation, Public Architecture - South Australian Architecture Awards 

Winner, Public Architecture 

Winner, Commercial Architecture 

Winner, Interior Architecture 

Winner, Sustainable Architecture

Winner, Steel in Architecture Colorbond

WAF Awards, Future Project, Health 

Shortlist - WAN Awards, Healthcare Unbuilt 

Shortlist - WAN Awards, Façade Award 

Highly Commended - Design Institute of Australia 

Gold, Built Environment 

Winner, DIA President’s Award 

Winner, Laminex Award - Interior Design Excellence Awards 

Shortlist, Public Space - Design & Health International Academy Awards, Future Health Project 

Finalist - MIPIM Future Project Awards 2011 

Commended - Revit Technology Conference 2014, Innovation Prize (Design Technology Excellence)

Runner-up - Australian Institute of Builders 

Professional excellence award, Commercial construction $100 million plus

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