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HDR | Rice Daubney Wins Five Global Healthcare Design Awards for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre

BUDAPEST, March 5, 2015 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, is proud to announce that HDR | Rice Daubney, a GRAPHISOFT client based in Sydney, Australia, has won five prestigious global healthcare design awards for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre, the highest honor in all categories recognizing excellence in research and practice of global healthcare design.

Rice Daubney Wins Five Global Healthcare Design Awards for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre © Tyrone Branigan Photography

The five awards are:

  • World Architecture Festival 2014 (Health Category Winner), Singapore
  • Design and Health International Academy Awards 2014 (Interior Design Category), Toronto
  • Modern Healthcare Design Awards (Award of Excellence), Chicago
  • Healthcare Design Magazine’s Design Showcase (Award of Merit for Healthcare Design), San Diego
  • Contract Healthcare Environment Awards (Honorable Mention, Acute category), San Diego

Designed using ARCHICAD, the vision for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was to become Sydney’s premier Integrated Cancer Center, a center for excellence based on redefining the patient experience. Its vision – a genuine, patient-focused facility, broad-based holistic treatment in a world-class clinical environment with integrated research programs.

The architectural response facilitates research and development, promoting interaction and knowledge sharing. Internal spaces have been designed to promote informal discussions between staff and researchers and maximize integration of staff and the public to produce a ‘healthy building.’

"Throughout the design-build process, ARCHICAD was instrumental in helping us communicate the project to all stakeholders involved, including the center's researchers and clinicians, to ensure that doctors, patients, and families alike would benefit from the center's mission," said Ron Hicks, Principal, Head of Health + Research, HDR | Rice Daubney.

The patients are centric to the design from the point of arrival, through to the experience of moving through the facility. Waiting areas and corridors are celebrated – views and aspect showcased, the quality of the filtered light defined as the central concept. Light is uplifting.

Throughout the design process, the firm worked with Lifehouse clinicians and researchers to provide an intelligent and sympathetic response.

About HDR | Rice Daubney

HDR | Rice Daubney is a creative firm for architecture, planning and design with experience spanning 36 years across Australia and Asia. As one of Australia’s leading architectural practices, HDR | Rice Daubney produces projects that have a common emphasis on quality, commercial focus, and innovation in design, across all the sectors of the business, commercial, retail and town centers, health and research, and defense.


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