Translational Research Institute  

Brisbane, QLD 

The landscape component of Translational Research Institute comprised two main areas – the planting of the Outdoor Room and way-finding around the site including the construction of pathways through the existing and new landscape. The landscape design was a collaborative effort by architects and landscape architects, with documentation for the landscape by the architect and documentation for the softscape by the landscape architect. 


It was intended that the plant material selected for this primary research facility be of special scientific interest. Plants such as gymnosperms abundant in past ages but now represented by conifers and cycads have been included, as has been a thicket of Wollemi pines and a Magnolia grove to represent the most primitive of the dicofy ledons. The plantings of the living fossil Wollemia nobilis contribute to the global conservation effort to grow specimens of this listed threatened Australian plant


Specified protection of existing trees contributed to the revolution and survival of two large flowering Poinciana trees on the Diamantina Road frontage. These trees formed an important part of the existing streetscape and their survival now provides a living frame to the TRI main entry and a future tree lined boulevard within the hospital campus.

Other important site vegetation, including large specimens of Eucalyptus microcorys were also provided with special protection to survive adverse construction conditions.

On arrival, I think there is almost a sense of joy that you arrive in a garden, rather than into a hallway.”
“It’s transformative in so many ways. It reveals the power of architecture.
— Maree Knight, Key User Group member from Mater Research


Complete 2012


Project Value
Landscape budget; $2,000,000

Wilson Architects +
Donovan Hill Architects in Association


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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