Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm, with more than 850 staff working across studios in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. In 2014 it was ranked as the seventh largest architecture firm in the world, with expertise spanning architecture, interior design, master planning and urban design.
Woods Bagot is one of a number of major international architecture practices that began in South Australia, and the firm has contributed many great buildings to that state’s capital city, Adelaide, over the past 140 years. Its most recent completed project in that city — the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) — is perhaps its most iconic.
The SAHMRI is a $200 million Commonwealth-funded research facility providing a 25,000-square-metre flagship for world-class health and medical research. The architecture and interiors, both by Woods Bagot, aim to inspire and promote the building’s function. The central proposition for the design was to create a new and liberating lab typology that would promote collaboration and medical discovery, and attract the best researchers from around the world.
Glass has been used extensively within the interior and exterior of the SAHMRI building to achieve a number of sustainability and amenity objectives. Together with the passive design form, the unique triangulated facade and sunshade is designed to improve the building’s performance and to create a healthier internal environment. High performance double-glazed panels, with metallic ‘E’ coat on the back face of the external sheet, have been used to minimise radiant heat while maximising natural light and external views. The transparency created also allows views from outside into the internal workings of the building, promoting the importance of the activities within.