Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) has transformed thinking about what is possible in health design in Australia through intrinsically integrating the curative benefits of access to landscape, views, natural light and sunshine within the design.
The project is impressive in its botanic diversity which varies throughout the range of garden spaces. Private secluded rainforest niches and courtyards provide respite and reflection, while large, active rooftop terraces cater for a mix of social spaces to meet, mingle and relax. Additional rooftop terraces are designed more like a casual backyard, planted with productive trees and edible understoreys, linking the health-giving power of fresh garden produce with the social health benefits of visitors and healthcare professionals working the gardens in an informal group setting.
The jury commended the ambition of the gardens which reinforces the key principle that biodiversity is the essential platform for all human health, a concept that modern medicine sometimes overlooks.
PROJECT NAME: VICTORIAN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTRE
AWARD CATEGORY: GARDENS
2018 NATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD
2018 VIC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD