Transforming the hospital into a human centric environment

Gandel Wing, Cabrini Malvern

The state-of-the-art Gandel Wing at Cabrini Malvern is a next generation treatment centre, featuring cutting-edge design, urban amenity and modern technology to serve patients’ needs into the future.

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The new seven-storey wing has three levels of basement carparking and a radiotherapy bunker, providing an additional 110 beds. The facility provides treatment cancer, cardiac, emergency, geriatric care, infectious diseases and maternity services.

The design uses salutogenic principles to create spaces that soothe the spirit and promote positive healing and wellness, rather than simply treating disease. Patients are more closely connected with nature through full height operable windows and natural light, while also experiencing new levels of comfort and control through state-of-the-art technology, which relieves patient burdens and increases safety.

Outside, the natural slatted terracotta façade complements the adjacent 60s brickwork of the original hospital, uniting the site into a harmonious and identifiable health campus. The façade folds to create a gentle quality of light inside and ensure patients’ views from beds are unobstructed while providing screening.

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Dr Michael Walsh

Chief Executive, Cabrini Health

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Bespoke joinery conceals medical services panels and clinical equipment and creates a natural material palette which surrounds the patient in a warm and comforting ambience.

Details

Client

Cabrini Health

Location

Malvern | Wurundjeri and Bunurong Country, Australia

Sectors

Year

2019

Status

Completed

Area

16,350 sqm

Awards

World Festival of Interiors, Health and Fitness, Winner, 2021

INDE Awards, The Wellness Space, Winner, 2020

Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA), Public Space, Commendation, 2020

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Award for Public Architecture, 2020

World Interiors News Awards, Hospitals and Clinics, Winner, 2020