SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) is Adelaide's huge new landmark building. It is an imposing sight on Adelaide's skyline. Sitting next to the huge construction site of the Royal Adelaide Hospital at the intersection of North and West Terrace. The architects design image focus was a pine cone. But the building is also known to Adelaidians as the cheese grater. The building is covered in 15,000 triangular windows.
It is home of a world class research organisation, which has over 600 research minds working together. SAHMRI have seven research themes to focus on. They are aboriginal health, cancer, heart health, healthy mothers, babies and children, infection and immunity, mind and brain, nutrition and metabolism. This encompases a huge range of health issues that all of us would have some connection with.
Recently I had the opportunity to explore this state of the art building on a SAHMRI tour. The innovative award winning design is not only energy efficient but its open plan layout gives rise to collaboration. The building is a haven for light, colour and views. It takes the outlook of shared spaces and nurtures a creative place to work. If all work places could look this good! Highlights include the sweeping white central staircase. The different colour schemes of each level, which had input from indigenous leaders. Plus the huge café plaza area which has a Scandinavian vibe. The spaces are all welcoming, clean and functional.
The building is designed with minmal car park spaces to encourage participation with public transport. The research facility works closely with all South Australian hospitals and universities. But like any research organization fundraising is a necessity. The initial building costs were funded by federal and state funding. SAHMRI is now offering a very special project of selling what they have most of, windows.
Rather than just buy a window and stick your own name on it, for $100 people can dedicate a window to the memory, or in recognition, of a loved one, family member, friend or colleague who has inspired them. They then choose what research theme their donation should contribute towards.
Exploring the building and reading the dedications that people have left is poignant, emotional and inspiring. The process of buying a window is simple. The buyer does not receive an actual window, but a virtual one with their own dedication. Having done the tour I was inspired to buy my own window in memory of loved ones (my parents). This is a stunningly impressive building, all the more for the work and questions it seeks to examine.
The steps to buy a window are as follows. Explore and use the navigation panel online to explore the building. Either the east or west side of the building. Then select a window. Dedicate your window and personalise your window, with the option of including a message and a photo. Share your story and window with friends, family and your networks via email and social media. Buying a window at SAHMRI is also is tax deductible.
This is a memorable way to help fund the challenge for better treatment and cures. Also to continue understanding the mysteries of the human body and mind. Donations for a window start from $100. Further information is available here