Gardens contribute to healing environment for patients, families and staff

Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). Photo: Carole Margand

Landscape architect and design expert Place Design Group has completed the landscape for a major new teaching hospital in Queensland, Australia.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) has been designed by architectural practices HDR Rice Daubney and Architectus. At the heart of the outdoor landscape is a public courtyard with outdoor dining spaces, children’s play areas, open lawns, public artwork, seating and lush planting. More secluded spaces include herb gardens, sports courts, and barbecue areas for patients and their families.

Place Design Group’s design lead and project manager, Ben Stevens, said:¬†‘We hope patients, visitors and staff will notice the hospital’s Sunshine Coast flavour in its built and landscape architecture, and will take advantage of the many functional courtyards, rooftop gardens and rest areas that have been created to maximise comfort.

‘The hospital building and grounds have been designed to reflect a natural healing environment; careful consideration was made to ensure there was lots of shade, an abundance of flora and that patient rooms had a garden view, wherever possible.’


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