arkLAB’s entry for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition is a re-imagining of the former RAH site as vibrant multi-functional precinct that makes new connections between key cultural and educational institutions. The space has been transformed into a series of pathways and destinations that intersect on multiple planes, providing opportunities for a myriad of experiences and creating new relationships between the city’s natural, historical and cultural features. The proposal for the site prioritises the connections between the site, the adjacent universities, and the botanic gardens. Paths of travel through the site are informed by the relationship of the Royal Adelaide Hospital site to its context,and provide a high level of wayfinding legibility throughout the site.
The architectural proposal for the site has been envisioned as a hybrid of landscape and architecture that provides maximum amenity and economic viability while maintaining a minimal street profile, allowing the heritage buildings to dictate the character of the site externally.