Designing for a growing community
We designed the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be a part of, and contribute to the life and experience of the community. Named after Victoria’s first female premier, nicknamed Warrior of the West, the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is a salute to the mother of three and self confessed workaholic who fought for local causes. The nine-storey design accommodates wide-ranging facilities including a birthing floor with birthing suites and birthing pools, imaging facilities, operating theatres, a special-care nursery (including a neonatal intensive care unit), a short-stay paediatric ward, and a children’s clinic including a fracture clinic. The hospital marks a significant addition to the Sunshine community, attracting new staff and giving existing medical workers access to state of the art facilities.
The Sunshine Hospital campus was familiar territory for our Director Corbett Lyon. Almost twenty years ago Corbett led the Lyons team responsible for the award-winning design of a new multilevel ward building at the hospital.
“Decades on, I am still convinced a building can be both functional and a wonderful work of architecture,” Corbett says. “Within the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital, you’ll find a multitude of design efficiencies but it’s also a very welcoming place that promotes and supports wellbeing for patients, their families and all of the people who work in the building.”