South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
South Australian Health And Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
Norman Disney & Young
Rider Levett Bucknall
FACADE AND ROOF FABRICATION AND ERECTION CONTRACTOR
Adelaide has a longstanding, formidable reputation among international medical and scientific research communities, and boasts four Nobel Prize winners. Designed to cultivate and inspire new ideas and thinking, the $AUD210 million South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) was opened by Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and is adjacent to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. The design features a dynamically stable floor design, suitable for the Institute’s vibration-sensitive research equipment, a pioneering diagrid façade, incorporating elements of stadium roof technology, and a highly adaptable layout which allows for flexibility in future use of the site.
The judges were impressed by this large building containing laboratories for medical research. Technical problems included stringent limits to vibration of the post-tensioned concrete floors, with very large bays of 13.6m by 10.2m; large overhangs supported on long raking columns for a lot of the elevation; and complex diagrid cladding which required wind-tunnel testing, and was designed to be erected in large fully glazed panels. This all demanded a good deal of design from first principles and very detailed analysis.