Royal Melbourne Hospital Entry

A bright and efficient welcome point for patients, visitors, staff and services

Location: Wurundjeri Country, 300 Grattan Street, Parkville VIC
Status: Complete

The Royal Melbourne Hospital Main Entrance project has elevated a busy and critical public interface into a bright and efficient welcome point. The experience for patients and visitors has been significantly improved, and hospital staff and volunteers now have a unified information hub that has transformed the way they communicate and connect with various user groups.

After studying user flows within the unusually shaped space, our design solution included the introduction of a new centralised information and volunteer’s hub. Our objective was to transform a dark, chaotic space with low ceilings and multiple reception points into a light and welcoming entry. It needed to facilitate the daily movements of patients, visitors, volunteers and staff efficiently and provide clear way‐finding.

The information hub serves as a bright centre point within our design. We consciously applied a paired back selection of materials to our design, and coupled this with lighting that would unite and simplify the space.

Hospital lobbies are high traffic environments that accommodate a significant amount of health and mobility aids including wheelchairs and stretchers. We wanted people to be able to move through the space without having to stop, search for directions and turn, creating bottlenecks and confusion.
Karrie Williams
Architectural Technician