South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Location Adelaide, Australia
Services Sustainable design
Sector Healthcare 
Architect Woods Bagot
Imagery © Woods Bagot/Peter Clarke

Nick Stokoe

T +61 08 8419 2715

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is the first project in South Australia and the first laboratory building in Australia to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In another first, the visually striking SAHMRI is the first project to be completed in Adelaide’s health and bio-medical precinct, the largest precinct of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. SAHMRI will accommodate a team of more than 600 local and international researchers working together in the search for better treatments and cures for some of the world’s most challenging diseases.

Cundall provided sustainable design advice and LEED consultancy services on SAHMRI from schematic design phases through to commissioning and handover. Works included initial owner and stakeholder workshops to define project goals and aspirations for energy efficiency, water efficiency, human health and environmental outcomes, design reviews, contractor coaching and liaison, development of an operational energy measurement and verification plan, LEED management and submission delivery. 

Key attributes of the facility include passively designed floor plates that respond to functional requirements while providing maximum daylight where needed, optimised façade orientation and an innovative solar shaded dia-grid envelope skin. The unique facade is designed to improve daylight, reduce heat gain and solar glare and maintain visual connection to the exterior for a healthy indoor environment.

By taking a systematic and whole-of-life approach to building related environmental impacts and human benefits, SAHMRI joins a select group of LEED Gold certified buildings worldwide.

  • South Australia Architecture Awards (2014), Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture, Winner
  • R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year Awards (2015), Laboratory of the Year, Winner


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