Fiona Stanley Hospital

The design for Fiona Stanley Hospital feels anything but institutional. Instead, green vistas, sculpture and sunshine are a healthy part of the plan.

The hospital was the largest single building project ever undertaken in Western Australia at the time of its development. The $2 billion project includes a 783-bed hospital, extensive teaching and research facilities and a rehabilitation centre – all in one cohesive, green precinct.

For the state government, the primary goal was to open a facility with superlative health services. Our collaborative team – Hassell, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley – went beyond the brief to design a place based on international, evidence-based research on healing environments. The result is a hospital where comfort and care are inextricably linked.

EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN

The design draws on international evidence-based research on the best healing environments. It demonstrates that green vistas, sunlight and natural surroundings can improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients, decrease the length of their stay and reduce the need for pain relief.

The environment at Fiona Stanley Hospital feels anything but institutional. Instead, the hospital sits comfortably within its environment, inviting people to experience and enjoy their surroundings. It includes views of green landscapes, sculptures to contemplate or climb, and park bench-style seating inside.

The hospital’s intensive and critical care units are connected to serene outdoor courtyards, so patients who would otherwise spend their days facing banks of medical equipment can now get fresh air and sunshine.

Similarly, parents and kids can enjoy the paediatric playground – instead of an impersonal waiting room – while they wait for anxiety-inducing test results or for family members to emerge from the procedural areas.

Client

Brookfield Multiplex / State of Western Australia

Location

Perth, Australia

Status

Completed

Year

2014

Scale

140,000sqm

Design team

Urban Design & Landscape: Natalie Busch, Nick Pearson, Anthony McEwan, Jill Turpin, Ian Pexton, Carl Thompson, Peter Hillman, Phillipa Byrne, Rocelyn Crowe / Main Hospital Building: Jeff Menkens, Peter Dean, David Gulland, Brenden Kelly, John Obrien, Justin Gurney, Brad Anderson, Rod Marshall, Mark Black, Chris Pratt, Eleni Gogos, Mark Keltie, Nigel Goodman

Photographer

Peter Bennetts

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It is a huge project, a complex one. It is more than simply a hospital – there are eight buildings on this site, hundreds of beds. The clinical services and research facilities are truly magnificent.”

Colin Barnett Premier of Western Australia
15+ awards for public architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and sustainability
20% shorter stays than the average of 30 peer facilities in Australia
3.25 hrs turnaround in Emergency, compared to 8.25 hrs nationally
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Awards - Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Western Australia) Awards - Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape
  • 2015 Planning Institute of Australia (Western Australian) Awards for Planning Excellence - Commendation for Planning Minister’s Award
  • 2015 Planning Institute of Australia (Western Australian) Awards for Planning Excellence - Commendation for From Plan to Place
  • 2015 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards - National Commendation for Public Architecture
  • 2015 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - George Temple Poole Award 
  • 2015 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture
  • 2015 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2015 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - State Commendation for Urban Design
  • 2014 Master Builders Australia National Awards - President’s Award - awarded to Brookfield Multiplex
  • 2014 Master Builders Western Australia Excellence in Construction Awards - Best Project - awarded to Brookfield Multiplex
  • 2014 Master Builders Western Australia Excellence in Construction Awards - Best State Government Building - awarded to Brookfield Multiplex
  • 2014 Master Builders Western Australia Excellence in Construction Awards - Best Health Care Building Over $500 million - awarded to Brookfield Multiplex
  • 2014 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - State Commendation for Urban Design
  • 2014 Australian Institute of Architects (Western Australia) Awards - Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2013 Master Builders Western Australia Excellence in Construction Awards - Excellence in Waste Management - awarded to Brookfield Multiplex

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