Client Name: Latrobe Regional Hospital
Builder: Farnham Developments
Construction Budget: $3.0m
Competed January 2018
The Latrobe regional hospital – Princes Highway consulting suites were destroyed in a blaze in May 2016. The hospital engaged Slap Architects to design a replacement building and it was competed almost 18 months later. The $3 million redevelopment includes more than 15 additional consulting suites comprising 33 in total as well as a number of treatment rooms for day procedures.
The stand – alone building presents itself to the hospital’s main street frontage behind a mounded soil berm . The architecture is informed by the recent developments of the main hospital using a similar material palette. The building form is a simple diagonally split rectangle that creates and entrance and glazed facades at the centre.
The entry is design with high ceilings that allow in plenty of natural light.
The exterior plant area has been highlighted with the use of red painted “Z” purlins to form a curved sculptural enclosure.
The interiors are a clean / modern design that utilises custom designed lights that delineate the spaces. Applied graphics and colour in furnishings are used to break up the spaces. The interiors are also designed to provide a contemporary space that is warm and moves away from the “clinical” spaces of previous decades.
As the building is quite long, the corridors have been given a “zig-zag” wall treatment to break up the visual length.
Slap Architects acknowledges the Gunaikurnai People, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Slap Architects stands. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, and their Elders past, present and emerging.