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Victorian Heart Hospital celebrates INDE.Award win

The winners of the 2023 INDE.Awards – a program that celebrates exceptional and boundary-breaking architecture and design – were revealed last night, with the Victorian Heart Hospital (VHH) receiving an accolade in the Health and Wellbeing Space category.

Designed in partnership with Wardle, the project is the southern hemisphere’s first dedicated cardiac hospital.

The hospital’s design centres on enhancing the human experience by connecting the mind and body with multi-sensory and enriching environments.

Our team drew on biophilic design principles and salutogenisis – an approach that focuses on wellness rather than disease. The hospital’s architecture, interiors, facility planning, and clinical planning all consider the built environment’s impact on the health and wellness of patients, clinicians, staff, researchers, students, carers, and visitors.

At the centre of the hospital, an open and heavily landscaped courtyard garden is a space to gather or retreat and also offers the visual relief of nature across the building’s eight stories. Allowing natural light to permeate surrounding spaces, the courtyard forms a gravitational heart that assists with circulation, democratises the hospitals’ various departments, and articulates public spaces.

Read more about the project here.

Congratulations to the entire project team on this well-deserved recognition, and to all winners of the 2023 INDE.Awards.