Hospital design through virtual reality

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Hospital design through virtual reality

14 February 2018

The architectural team of Conrad Gargett John Wardle Architects, the joint venture appointed to design the new Victorian Heart Hospital, visited the Monash CAVE2 at Monash University’s Clayton Campus.

The $1.8 million world-leading technology is an immersive 3D virtual reality experience and a unique research instrument that showcases Monash's leadership in the 'data visualisation domain.'

Professor Paul Bonnington, Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, provided 3D glasses for the team to wear whilst he projected demonstration images onto a high impact, curved video wall made up of eighty 84 million pixel LCD screens arranged in panels.

With head and motion tracking facilities, the team were 'blown away' and 'transported into another dimension' as they realised how the visual computation capacity of Monash’s CAVE2 technology can be utilised for the design of the Victorian Heart Hospital.

The powerful platform is enabling the Conrad Gargett John Wardle team to take their design of the Victorian Heart Hospital to the next level, going beyond computer-aided design to create 2D and 3D modelling of the built environment.
Tony Michele, Project Director at the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority said access to the CAVE2 technology is one of the many benefits of partnering with Australia’s leading university.

“The Victorian Heart Hospital will be the most technologically advanced hospital in the country and our collaboration with Monash University and its CAVE2 technology will not only impact the design of the hospital but the clinical heart research that will come out of the world leading facility in years to come,” said Mr Michele.


The Victoria Heart Hospital will be the first stand-alone heart hospital in Australia, delivered in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University. The Victorian government announced a further commitment of $320 million on top of $150 million towards the $543 million project in December 2017. It will be completed in 2022.