The Susan Wakil Health Building

Billard Leece Partnership with Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Susan Wakil Health Building is a state-of-the-art facility at the forefront of innovation, learning, and policy for the future of healthcare education and research. This building is the first of three purpose-built structures to be built as part of The University of Sydney’s new Health Precinct, a 3-dimensional network of open spaces for the University, fostering both educational collaboration and physical health.

The design creates a new common ground for the University, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the Charles Perkins Centre, while respecting the site’s historic significance as a meeting place. A network of open spaces grows from the landscape — lifting, shaping, and connecting it at every level from inside to outside. At the heart of the site is The Upper Wakil Garden — a multivalent and dynamic reinvention of the campus quad. A ‘cleave’ within the volume of the Susan Wakil Building draws light down to the garden throughout the year, connecting the academic workplaces and teaching spaces within.

The Susan Wakil Health Building is a place of collaborative research, with agile environments for multidisciplinary teaching and learning across all health disciplines. The building provides state-of-the-art clinical simulation programs and a multi-service clinic, as well as a flexible infrastructure that supports team-based research programs.

Photography by Brett Boardman.