South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Adelaide, South Australia
Designed and built by a project team including Woods Bagot, Atelier Ten, Cundall, and Norman Disney & Young, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) accommodates more than 600 researchers from South Australia and elsewhere in about 25,000m2 of space. But despite the vital work going on inside the facility, SAHMRI is best known for its exterior.
The triangulated wrap-around façade resembles the surface of a pine-cone and has been designed for solar control, daylighting, glare control and thermal comfort. Parametric modelling determined the shape and size of the hoods in all locations, with the exact geometry of each modified on its orientation.
“Shallower hoods admit more daylight,” says Atelier Ten’s Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH. “Deeper hoods cut out direct sun, minimise glare, and even out daylighting within adjacent workplaces, where the desired light quality is more uniform and quiet.”
SAHMRI opened its doors in December 2013, and has been landmark of Adelaide’s North Terrace ever since.