AHMS facility honoured at SA architecture awards

by Tiffany Paczek
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The Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building (AHMS) has been awarded the top prize in urban design at the recent Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2018 South Australian State Architecture Awards. The facility, which was designed by Melbourne-based design practice Lyons and is part if the University of Adelaide, won the Gavin Walkley Award for urban design, as well as receiving an Award of Merit in the category of educational architecture.

Located within the state’s biomedical precinct, known as BioMedCity, AHMS successfully integrates research and shared learning experiences spanning medicine, nursing and dentistry, along with health and medical sciences.

The building’s state-of-the-art simulation suites, four floors of laboratories, three lecture theatres and a wide array of study and social amenities all combine to position AHMA as an outstanding facility for students, researchers and academics.

Adrian Stanic, Lyons director and project lead on AHMS, says he is honoured the project had received such recognition.

“We’re delighted to see AHMS named as South Australia’s top urban design project, especially given the important role this building plays in educating the state’s future healthcare professionals,” Stanic says.

“Our objective for this building was for it to be a place of unique learning experiences and thus a place of inspiration.”

The AIA South Australian State Architecture Awards recognise the best of South Australian architecture.

Lyons design practice delivers student, learning and research projects around Australia. The practice is acknowledged as a leader in the design of learning spaces, and increasingly in the design of informal peer to peer student learning environments. Lyons is also committed to ongoing design research around these type of learning spaces, in order to understand how and why students choose to occupy them. 

Images courtesy of Lyons.

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