By creating visual “bookends” to frame the old with the new, MSJ’s design for Wollongong Hospital forms a new landmark on one of the most prominent sites in the Illawarra region. Located on a ridge, the building offers dramatic views to both the north and south, towards Wollongong steelworks. On a tightly constrained site, the architecture modulates the perceived mass and scale of the building with a composition articulated by the slender edges of the cantilevered roof planes and vertically expressed walls.
The nine-storey addition to Wollongong Hospital abuts the refurbished existing building of similar height, to form the second stage of a comprehensive 400-bed redevelopment. As a teaching hospital with a tertiary role for the region, the campus includes a 200-seat lecture theatre, library and 25-bed mental health unit.
Considered by the Wollongong City Council to be a “lighthouse project”, because it took “an existing structure and pushed it in a new and forward thinking direction” the building received the City Councils 2003 Architectural Design Award for Public Buildings. The bold use of colour integrating the older building on the same street frontage was acknowledged by winning the Dulux Commercial Exterior in the same year.
Major Services - Planning, Architecture and Interior Design Client - Illawarra Health Completed - 2003 Value - $80m Awards - Wollongong City Council Architectural Design Awards & Dulux Colour Awards Commercial Exterior Winner