Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Recognized with Two Awards at Healthcare Design Conference

(November 18, 2014) - The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse (Lifehouse) received an Award of Merit from Healthcare Design—the highest honor the magazine bestows projects—and an Acute Honorable Mention Award from Contract at the Healthcare Design conference in San Diego this week. Ron Hicks, director of health and research at HDR Rice Daubney, accepted the awards.

Lifehouse, which was designed by HDR Rice Daubney—HDR's Sydney design studio—is the first integrated cancer center in Australia. The design re-examines the notion of transparency within a clinical setting. The building is conceptually enclosing and protective without being introverted, featuring a series of external perforated screens, patterned fritted glass and a layered facade. The building mass is articulated by a series of vertical glazed slots that define building volumes and provide glimpses of the activity within the building.

Inside, an 11-story central atrium accommodates glazed public lifts and provides users with visual connections to all floors as they move through the building. The interior design focuses on a neutral palette of natural materials and features high-quality finishes and patterned surfaces based on the braille text for the word "Lifehouse." Reflecting on the design, Michael Boyer, Chief Clinical Officer at Lifehouse, said, "From a building design perspective, the aspect I'm most proud about is the look and feel of it—it doesn't look like a hospital." 

In addition to recognition from Healthcare Design and Contract, earlier this year, Lifehouse was named the "Best Health" project at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore—the largest global architecture program in the world. The project also received an Award of Excellence from Modern Healthcare and was the Interior Design Winner in the Design & Health International Academy Awards.