FCIC wins South Australian Institute of Architecture awards

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer wins South Australia Australian Institute of Architecture awards

The Woodhead designed Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer has won two awards as part of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 South Australian Architecture award program.

The SA Architecture awards dinner saw the team from Woodhead presented with the Public Architecture - Architecture Award for Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer also received the Peoples Choice Award for best project, as voted by the public and the wider architectural community.

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is unique in South Australia in its strategic focus on both cancer research and cancer care and treatment. Through the design of the centre which actively encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas there is the successful integration of researchers, clinicians and patients. This integration facilitates the rapid application of research findings into clinical practice which then benefits the community and the cancer patients receiving treatment.

With a large projecting hood and simple articulation of the two main functions within the building a strong identity for the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is presented to the community. The atrium is the focal point of the interior space – a concentration of movement, activity and life. Through overlapping circulation paths and strategically placed functional spaces the atrium encourages informal communication and exchange between the researchers and clinicians.  For patients it provides a well scaled, calm and inviting space that is not at all intimidating. Woodhead, together with our collaborators, have created a place of healing, well being and hope – one that is at the cutting edge of cancer research, treatment and care.

          FCIC at night, photo courtesy of Steve Rendoulis

        FCIC at night - photo courtesy of Steve Rendoulis