The SAHMRI building (SA Health and Medical Research Institute) is a new $200 million research facility currently under construction at the western end of North terrace. It is being built alongside the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) which will together form a world class precinct of medical research and clinical application. The purpose built 25,000m2 facility will house state of the art laboratories and equipment and was designed with ideas and input from the research community, health sector and universities.
The transparent diagonal-grid facade was apparently inspired by the skin of a pine cone, although I'm not sure what relevance pine cones have to this site. Image courtesy Woods Bagot website.
In a recent video survey conducted in March, most people didn't know what the building was for. At first glance I like the bold, futuristic design which is fitting for a building that will be looking toward the future. It seems to have been designed as a 'stand alone', iconic building.
The clean, crisp, white, space age interior. Image courtesy Woods Bagot website.
Personally I think it's a shame that the State Government chose this location for the NRAH and SAHMRI. I think the alternative proposed site at Keswick would have been a better choice. A great opportunity has been missed to turn this space over to the people and create a link from North Terrace down to the River Torrens.
How the building will look from North Terrace at ground level. Image courtesy Woods Bagot website.