Landscape design win for Karratha Health Campus

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Karratha Health Campus.
Camera IconKarratha Health Campus. Credit: Robert Frith

The landscape design of the Karratha Health Campus has been nationally acclaimed with an award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Design firm HASSELL collected a best civic landscape gong for its architecture at the campus at the professional institute’s national awards night this month — a category that was also won by the landscape designer of Perth’s Yagan Square.

AILA National Awards jury chairwoman Peta-Maree Ashford said the jury had been impressed by the design’s balance of formality and informality, and how it had drawn on elements of the surrounding environment.

“Karratha Health Campus is a celebration of remote Western Australia, conveying sensitivity to the harsh natural climate while also drawing out the inherent vibrancy of the land,” she said.

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“Selected materials and a rich colour palette reinforce the character of the region.”

“The design promotes better health, evokes a sense of comfort and provides connection to the land, making the campus far more than just a hospital.”

Project architect and HASSELL principal Natalie Busch said the campus’ landscape design had been aimed at “building on the beauty that already existed” in the surrounding environment.

“We wanted it to very much represent Karratha and the Pilbara and be of its place, and we therefore were inspired by the landscape itself,” she said.

“We wanted to use a lot of local materials such as stones and gravels so it could seamlessly blend in at the edges to the flood plains beyond, and we used a lot of native plants and many of those were inspired by the traditional medicinal plants for the Ngarluma community, so that it was all about promoting health from the land.”

The $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus opened in September 2018.

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