Translational Research Institute

Princess Alexandra Hospital Campus, Brisbane

TRI is Australia’s most comprehensive medical research and biopharmaceutical facility. It brings together four major research bodies with the aim of accelerating research and encouraging innovation in biomedical fields.

Spacious laboratory and write-up areas connected with light and views to other research spaces, hug the edge of the outdoor room with views back to the city. Shared circulation occurs along an arcade with amazingly transparent cross views.

Write-up spaces connect to the laboratories with floor to ceiling glass maintaining views out of both workspaces at all times, including critical visual links to the courtyard arcade and social spaces. The planning strategy enables scientists to move throughout all laboratories across all floors without leaving the controlled environment.

Meeting, gathering and circulation spaces within the work areas are consolidated at key points to maximise immediacy and casual encounter across and between floors with choices of settings to suit occupation scenarios. 

Associated boardroom and staff terraces provide prospect and outlook over the PAH campus and city, providing views to TRI’s affiliated institutional partners at QUT, UQ and the Mater Hospital.  

[TRI] has been designed around the idea of collaborative research. It brings together groups of researchers who wouldn’t have previously been together.
They meet with people that have completely different perspectives on things. Those meetings trigger off new ideas. Its new ideas that really make the breakthroughs in research happen.
— Michael Keniger, Former TRI board member, Past Qld State Government Architect

The outdoor room can accommodate large functions undercover, positioning TRI as an event site. The belvedere, a more intimate meeting place is one of the several open public spaces that offsets its momentous scale.



Complete Dec 2012

Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill Architects in Association


Project Value

Key Personnel 
John Thong, Michael Hartwich, Hamilton Wilson, Sophie Lorenz


2014 Illuminating Engineering Society, Lighting Design: Award for Excellence (Australia & New Zealand)

2013 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service Delivery – TRI & BPA awarded Highly Commended for Growing and developing Queensland’s future

2013 AIA National Architecture Award Public Architecture

2013 AIA National Architecture Award Interior Architecture

2013 AIA FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture

2013 AIA GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture 

2013 AIA QLD State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

Shortlist for 2013 World Architecture Festival, Higher Education category

2013 IDEA (Interior Design Excellence Awards), Highly Commended Public Space

2013 Horbury Hunt Think Brick Award for Urban Design & Landscape

2013 Australian Interior Design Awards: Best of State QLD Commercial Design

2013 Australian Interior Design Awards: Highly Commended Pubic Design

2013 Australian Timber Design Awards, Best Northern Region (Qld & NT)

2013 AIQS Infinite Value Awards - Architectural Excellence Award

2013 AIQS Infinite Value Awards - Project of the Year Award

2013 Engineering Excellence Award QLD Winner, Building Services (awarded to Aurecon, Multitech Solutions, Opus, Hawkins Jenkins Ross)

2013 IES Qld Lighting Society Award for Excellence

2013 AIA John Dalton Award for Building of the Year

2013 AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation Public Architecture

2013 AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation Interior Architecture

2013 AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation Sustainable Architecture 

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