FLINDERS UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES
Client: Flinders University
Location: Bedford Park, SA
Budget: $8.5 million
Nicolette Di Lernia
AIA 2011 (SA) Commendation and People's Choice for Public Architecture
Steel Design Awards SA High Commendation for Building - Large Projects Steel Design
Grieve Gillett Andersen was commissioned to design a new building for the Flinders University School of Medicine. With its own identity, this building relates to the adjacent Health Sciences building in form and materials, completing the ‘Health Sciences precinct’. The building also responds to and accommodates the existing pedestrian circulation paths from the main campus to the Medical School.
The building accommodates a 250 seat lecture theatre; eight seminar rooms; two meeting rooms, amenities, service rooms, and roof terrace. Materials are typically base material finish, robust and yet refined and chosen for longevity of performance and minimal maintenance. The lighting deliberately enhances the open ‘lantern’ nature of the architecture providing a functional and welcoming contact point for the campus after dark.
The prominent site slopes steeply to the northwest. The building, with commanding views sweeping in a continuous arc is designed to respect the site slope. Seminar rooms and the roof terrace address the western views while remaining protected from solar load by the extensive adjustable aluminium louvres. The general and vertical circulation addresses northern views to the CBD.