Adelaide home to world’s third most expensive building

The recent announcement that the New Royal Adelaide Hospital has been named the world’s third most expensive building might come as a surprise to many due to the fact that Adelaide isn’t necessarily identified as a city with expensive buildings.

However, this brand new hospital in South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide has been listed by Emporis, an architectural data company based in Hungary, to cost US $2.1 billion and is expected to be completed late 2016.

Once complete, the RAH will become the greenest hospital in Adelaide as well as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Australia. The hospital will be home to a purpose-designed ICT engine which will integrate patient records, as well as clinical, patient and FM support systems.

Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley as a joint venture with DesignInc (STHDI), the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) will consist of 11 storeys and has been designed to admit over 80,000 patients per annum. Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors are the developers in charge of the construction of South Australia’s largest capital investment project.

Currently, the world’s most expensive building is New York’s One World Trade Center constructed in 2014, costing $3.9 billion and Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament sits in at number two, which cost $3 billion in 1988. The RAH even beats The Palazzo in Las Vegas (number 4, 2007) as well as The Shard in London (number 5, 2013), both costing US $1.9 billion.

Australia’s second most expensive building is the Myer Centre, also in Adelaide, which cost $1 billion (1991), whilst Sydney’s Chifley Tower (1992) reaches number 16, again costing $1 billion.

Adelaide home to world's third most expensive building

The top 10 most expensive buildings in the world:

  1. One World Trade Centre, New York City - $3.9 billion (2014)
  2. Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest - $3 billion (1988)
  3. Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide - $2.1 billion (2016)
  4. The Palazzo, Las Vegas - $1.9 billion (2007)
  5. The Shard, London - $1.9 billion (2013)
  6. Taipei 101, Taipei - $1.76 billion (2004)
  7. Burj Khalifa, Dubai - $1.5 billion (2010)
  8. CapitaGreen, Singapore - $1.4 billion (2014)
  9. Kyoto Station, Kyoto - $1.25 billion (1997)
  10. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg - $1,027,510,000 (2016)
Published on 20th of February 2017 by Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich


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