OpenRAH: Urban Forum for Science, Culture and Society

Earlier this year the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas International Design Competition was launched, calling for ideas for the redevelopment of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital site on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road in Adelaide.

As part of the second stage of the RAH Competition, TCL partnered with Bonhag and De Rosa to develop their Stage 1 submission, OpenRAH – Urban Forum for Science, Culture and Society.


A key to this scheme is the open, permeable nature of the site and its buildings and the mixed-use nature of the redevelopment. The reuse of existing buildings, modified to make the ground floor porous, form the majority of the built work. This use of existing structures is not only environmentally responsible but also economically viable, and reflects the cultural history of the site. There are a series of new buildings to the centre of the site, built using environmentally responsible methods and providing the framework for a productive vertical landscape.


This productive landscape will be maintained using cultivation techniques rooted in sustainable agricultural practice, utilising waste from the site as a resource and creating closed loop processes to sustain the health of the whole system. These systems encompass soil, plant and water use and re-use, as well as the use of aquaponic systems to enrich soil fertility and increase crop production.

As part of this second stage, each entry is eligible to win the people’s choice award. All entries can be viewed and voted for on the ODASA website:

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One Response to OpenRAH: Urban Forum for Science, Culture and Society

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