Acute Care Honorable Mention
- Designers: Jackson Architecture and McConnel Smith & Johnson
- Client: Austin Health
- Where: Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
The Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre is a new eight-story facility built adjoining the Austin Hospital in Victoria, Australia. The facility accommodates both cancer treatment and research while maintaining a comprehensive focus on wellness.
The four-story Centre contains two acute cancer wards, a palliative care ward, offices, laboratories, and research support spaces. All areas are oriented around a central courtyard, to which patients and staff have both visual and physical access. A courtyard connects patients with nature. The jury was impressed with its integration, commenting that in “a tight urban site with only so much property, [the design team] was able to capture outdoor space and natural light.”
Program elements within the Centre are organized along two main circulation axes, which intersect at the building’s main entry. The entry links to Zeltner Hall (bottom right), a renovated space within the existing Lance Townsend building, which provides radiation and oncology services within a spa-like environment.
Throughout the Centre, many waiting areas are small and intimate. Acknowledging that cancer treatment is often an ongoing process, the oncology treatment spaces are designed so that patients can choose between private and more social areas in which to receive their treatment.