Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Setting a new benchmark in the treatment of cancer and establishing a truly integrated facility this facility is located within the RPA Hospital Precinct. Winner of five World Architecture awards, Lifehouse is an innovative integrated cancer center that has been completed on the campus of the existing Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

This cancer center includes both cancer treatment and patient care facilities, representing a unique incorporation of private services onto a public tertiary campus and is the only fully integrated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center in Australia. It combines diagnosis, treatment, research, education as well as emotional support to improve the lives of people affected by the disease. This project achieved an excellent design outcome for an innovative clinical care model, and redefined what cancer care in Australia is about.

Key features of Lifehouse include:

  • Discreet parking, a hotel-like concierge, expansive waiting areas, modern design finishes, an abundance of natural light and intuitive wayfinding support a positive experience as patients navigate the building.
  • The 96 inpatient rooms are located on the top two floors, occupying “prime real estate” with direct access to private external courtyard gardens.
  • On the ground floor, the Lifehouse Living Room houses supportive services that can help manage the side effects of treatment.
  • The heart of the building is a central atrium that rises 11 levels and includes an expansive skylight that diffuses natural light throughout the building. All spaces within the building revolve around the atrium, and exposed glass elevators connect the floors, offering subtle glimpses into the operation of the facility and dramatic views of the floors below.
  • Perforated metal is a recurring design element in the atrium, the waiting areas and on exterior panels — a pattern based on the braille text for the word “Lifehouse.”
  • The building was designed to be conceptually enclosing and protective without being introverted. The façade layering, louvers, patterned glass and perforated screens allow natural light to penetrate the interior while respecting the scale and detail of neighboring heritage buildings.
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Awards

World Architecture News Awards, Longlisted (2015)
Healthcare Category
World Architecture News
World Architecture Awards, Shortlisted (2014)
World Building of the Year
World Architecture Festival
Healthcare Environment Awards, Honorable Mention (2014)
Acute Care Category
Contract Magazine
Modern Healthcare Design Awards (2014)
Award of Excellence
Modern Healthcare Magazine
World Architecture Awards, Winner (2014)
Health - Completed Buildings
World Architecture Festival
Design & Health International Academy Awards, Winner (2014)
Interior Design Category
International Academy for Design & Health
Design Showcase (2014)
Selected for Publication
Healthcare Design Magazine