Kerry Chong

Kerry Chong, who is currently studying at the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, entered the Architects for Health’s First Student Health Design Award (2007) with the following submission. For contact please email:

State Cancer Centre

Site response: vision of overwhelming, aging blocks, precariously connected by narrow + constricting corridors. “I didn’t want to create another obnoxious block building but tried to both create a spatial architecture internally while working in harmony with the environment + site”


sculptural light

sculptural cues

the ground meets the building as opposed to the building meeting the ground

“where did the ground go?!”

purposeful roof which both shelters and sculpts the interior while providing a public space above ideal for seating, sunbathing, escaping and relaxing as a means of encouraging people to walk through the cancer centre and be a part of it, instead of scared of it

building adaptability – permanent + temporary structures

view of / view from

using landscape to connect the existing + disparate blocks on the site in a new state of hybridity – a continuation of existing topography to avoid entering into visual competition with the dominant surrounding structures while not simply mimicking them

joyful + intriguing spaces

The Architects for Health
First Student Health Design Award
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