Voting has commenced for the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Site International Design Competition's People’s Choice Award.

Chosen from 126 submissions spanning 24 four countries, the final entries of the six finalists have been assessed by the competition judges.

The competition, which hopes to see the area next to Adelaide’s botanic gardens in the heart of the city revamped when RAH relocates in 2016, is expected to set a benchmark in community engagement for public space design competition.

While the People’s Choice Vote is not about finding the solution to the site, the Award will help inform the government of the community values for this key site.

The six teams shortlisted in September 2013 are:

Oculus (NSW):


Slash (VIC):


Zuzana & Nicholas (QLD):


Bondhag & De Rosa (Germany):


Nice Architects (Slovakia):


Ysalazam (Colombia):


People’s Choice Award Voting Criteria

Consider how well the shortlist entries meet the following four design criteria, and rate them out of five:

Connected and integrated

  • How well does it connect with the surrounding areas?
  • The site needs to connect and enhance its parkland surrounds, the adjacent universities and support the East End Precinct and the city.
  • The design needs to improve the way Adelaide fits together.

Innovative and economically viable

  • Does the design breath new life into the site?
  • The site currently supports 470,000 out-patients, 80,000 in-patients and 4500 staff per year.
  • The new design needs to demonstrate adaptive reuses, innovative new uses and bring a new population to the site to ensure sustainability for the East End, the Greater Riverbank Precinct and the state.

An inclusive place

  • Is this site a place you’d like to spend time?
  • The site needs to create public open spaces and be a place for everyone.
  • The design needs to make it easy for diverse community use.

Cultural heritage

  • Does the design respect the history of the buildings and the site’s cultural significance?
  • The site is a key site along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and within the Education and Culture Precinct of the Riverbank Precinct.
  • The design needs to demonstrate best practice sustainable design, including adaptive reuse.
  • All six shortlisted concepts must be reviewed for your vote to count.

The People’s Choice Award voting closes on 9 December, with the results to be announced on 10 December.

To vote and view the final designs, please visit The RAH Site Design Competition Exhibition is also on show from now until 18 December at 35 Hindley Street (corner of Peel and Hindley Streets) in Adelaide.