Local architecture firm Conrad Gargett Lyons has been awarded the prestigious John Dalton Building of the Year Award for his masterpiece – The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane.

The $1.5 billion masterpiece is a State Government initiative, home to over 350 beds and now the hub of a statewide network of paediatric services.

Judges at the 2015 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards praised the design, in particularly the “use of colour, light, materials and integrated art features that distract patients from the intended functional purpose of their visit.” The design is “exemplary in its unwavering philosophy of integrating art into every aspect of its fabric, function and ethos, this building is a gallery, a canvas, and a theatre, whose focus is to bring delight and diversion to the lives of sick children and the people who care for them. “ Brisbane’s subtropical climate was the core inspiration behind the design, as the internal walls and spaces are consumed by the metaphor of a living tree that allows the building to breathe.

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, identified by the judges, has “solved the complex problems of urban design and architectural scale and has established a new benchmark in paediatric healthcare for the State of Queensland”.

The hospital has also been awarded several awards for Urban Design and Interior Design to name a few.