In the news: Sydney University Health Precinct

18 Oct 2017 | News

Arcadia Landscape Architecture is part of the design team for the new Health Precinct at the University of Sydney. You can read more about this landmark project in stories which recently appeared in Architecture AU and Architecture & Design.

The new Health Precinct will focus on innovation and collaboration in healthcare, housing the faculties of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Sciences, alongside components of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. The University awarded Stage 1 of this landmark project, the Susan Wakil AO Health Building, to a team comprising of Laing O’Rourke, Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), Arcadia Landscape Architecture and DS+R Architects.

Situated in the historical surrounds of the University, the multi-disciplinary precinct will focus on creating a fluid connection with the University grounds, while seamlessly integrating with the adjacent landscape. Using the cycle of the healing process, Arcadia’s design concept follows the four pillars – Examination, Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery – to create a landscape which will stir the body, mind and soul through a series of curated landscape enhancements.

“Layering healing into the landscape and building is central to the design of the Wakil Health Precinct. The landscape will not recreate a past landscape but reinterpret the fundamental landscape effects to engage the senses and elicit a physiological response to place,” said Alex Longley, Principal, Arcadia Landscape Architecture.

The landscape spaces in and around the site will be known as ‘Cadigal Ground’ in respect to the original owners of the land, with the Wakil Gardens to traverse levels in a substantial area within the Cadigal Ground. Indigenous ties to the land will be shown in many ways, including sites for indigenous artwork and an interpretive walkway to tell stories and narrative of the land.

Traditional indigenous bush tracker and medicinal plants will be utilised in pockets throughout the site including species such as eucalyptus oil, Emu bush, Billy Goat Plum and tea tree oil, to reinforce the site narrative. A copse of River Red Gums in the entry has been included for its majestic healing properties and water features which mimic Sydney Basin’s cascading waterfalls, winding rivers and early morning mist.

Full details of the project can be found here.