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Royal Adelaide Hospital

Cultural & Civic, Urban & Masterplanning

Royal Adelaide Hospital



Coming at a time when Adelaide takes a fresh look at how its inner-city functions, what its needs are and how decisions that impact the city’s future are made, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition presents an opportunity to engage with the State’s ambitions for the city through the adaptive re-use of the Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

Requiring a thoughtful response to issues such as Adelaide’s existing and projected population, transport infrastructure, urban form and planning constraints, the competition seeks to position the site as a meeting point for the city.

The winner of this competition is SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects. Their proposal expands the repertoire of civic spaces within Adelaide with a creative re-animation of the site’s historic fabric. While the existing city might be characterised as highly ordered and zoned, this scheme for a ‘miniature city within the city’ creatively challenged this logic, within the extant framework.


South Australia


Kaurna Country


Office for Design + Architecture South Australia

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Competition Winners

SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Bob Nation

Architect and Past President, Australian Institute of Architects

Catherine Slessor

Editor, The Architectural Review

Dr. Catherin Bull

Emeritus Professor Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne

Marcus Spiller

Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning

Shelley Penn

Director, Shelley Penn Architect

Tim Horton

Commissioner, NSW Land and Environment Court

Timothy Hill

Principal, Donovan Hill Architects

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