The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA designed by Rice Daubney is located in Sydney, Australia. Lifehouse will be a patient centred, integrated facility, providing a broad clinical service including ambulatory care, intervention, treatment and in-patient accommodation. The design will facilitate parallel therapies including an Integrated Medicine unit. The centre is conceived in the vision of the late Professor Chris O’Brien, an internationally recognised Surgeon and Oncologist who headed up the Sydney Cancer Centre at RPA. It is his unique vision and legacy which is the major differentiator for Lifehouse, and the driving force for the conceptual and detailed design of the facility.
The site is set within important heritage fabric. Innovative stacking and efficient planning limits the overall building height. Massing is aimed at reducing perceived bulk. Façade articulation reflects the solar exposure of the long east and west façades. The glazed north east corner is the focus for the entry and reflects the surrounding heritage fabric.