Located adjacent to Wollongong’s CBD, the new Illawarra Elective Surgical Services building (IESS) lies upon one of the city’s highest points, with sweeping views in all directions.
The Building Studio design concept maximises the building’s prominent location, giving the IESS a simple yet dignified presence within the city skyline that maintains a level of detail, human scale and visual interest when the building is experienced at street level.
The façade’s tectonic design divides the building’s overall form into four defined segments: a ground level of masonry, a two level podium containing theatres and clinical units, an inset ‘belt’ over one level forming a visual break and two clearly defined towers containing patient wards and their ancillary spaces. The northern tower will be a prominent landmark and when viewed from a distance, the golden metal façade will shimmer in the light, acting as a strong, visual brand for the hospital.
Technically, the building’s design is greatly simplified by omitting sunshades in the majority of locations, made possible through careful sizing of windows and specification of high performance glazing. Manually operated blinds also provide individual control of glare and thermal comfort. This simple initiative offers a clean architectural finish, improves internal to external visual connectivity for staff, visitors and patients and provides the benefit of simplifying ongoing facade maintenance.