Cabrini Medical Centres 2+3, Melbourne

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Cabrini Medical Centres 2+3
Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bates Smart were commissioned for architectural and interior design services for the expansion of Medical Centres 2 and 3 for Cabrini in Melbourne’s suburb of Malvern.

The extension showcases industry leading consultancy suites for specialist gynaecology, obstetrics and oncology consultancies whilst also housing new cardiac catheter laboratories, recovery suite and new executive board room, 150 seat auditorium and meeting rooms.

The new shared consultancy facilities aggregate together the surrounding precincts medical suites under one roof, in a centralised reception control model which are supplemented by high quality amenities and beautifully crafted, large scale waiting room spaces for patients visitation.

Bates Smart’s response to the brief was to create a series of highly crafted glass boxes, which sit above the existing brick podium buildings interspersed with gardens and lightwells. The response is highly contextual snd respects the highly decorative and mannered facades of the Malvern residential precinct. The light-filled interior spaces provide the highest quality environments for patients visiting the hospital, where the main waiting room spaces have been transformed by large scale, heroic, soft form roof lights which dynamically modify the quality of light throughout the day. Rich timber veneer clad walls concealed administration areas and high-level, curved glass detailing brings a feeling of openness across the perimeter consultancy spaces.

Sandblasted and tinted glass sunshades provide environmental protection and privacy for the interior spaces, whilst echoing the dark grey slate roofs of the surrounding context.

The result has been transformative and have set a new standard of health environment for this leading health organisation, which strives for excellence in all its new facilities.


2,326 sqm