The global design and consulting firm, Woods Bagot, is responsible for the conception of the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) based in Adelaide, Australia.

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The institute, which project was concluded in the end of 2013, houses up 700 researchers concerned in finding new ways to stimulate innovation and improvements in health services.

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The sculptural qualities of the research institute aim to inspire and promote the building’s function.

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The transparent facade showcases two internal atriums. From the other side, the building’s form has a unique triangulated dia-grid facade inspired by the skin of a pine cone.

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The form’s articulated skin adapts and responds to its environment, becoming a living organism that responds to the position of the sun.

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The design company was nominated for the SA Architecture Awards 2014. Wood Bagots collected a total of 5 awards: COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, the Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture, the Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture, Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, and the Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture.

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For more information, please visit: SAHMRI Project

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