London, United Kingdom
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Auckland, New Zealand
New York, New York
Inspiring workplace for researchers provides light, open and flexible spaces that are visually connected to the surroundings.
Occupying several floors of the Perth Children’s Hospital, the Institute comprises 7,000 square metres of activity-based workplace, 2,000 square metres of wet labs and 1,000 square metres of bio-resources space. The facility includes state-of-the-art PC2 laboratories, microscopy rooms, freezer farms, four trial suites and a cryogenics facility.
Addressing complex and technically sophisticated health and safety requirements, long-term flexibility and adaptability needs, energy use intensity, and environmental impacts, the design is specifically tailored to suit the activities of the 600 staff and students who inhabit the workplace.
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In establishing a design narrative for the project, Woods Bagot compared spatial relationships of the facility to that of human biology systems. Subtle cues from the human body were introduced into the design which are at times literal in form and at others a reference to its function. Some examples include; the ‘heart’, a warm and inviting entrance space; the ‘cells’, open workplaces providing staff flexibility; the ‘brain’, the two wet laboratories; the ‘lungs’ every space within the workplace was designed with a view of the atrium for people to obtain natural light and air; the ‘eyes’, vibrant, colourful meeting spaces; and the ‘ears’ acoustically treated quiet zones.
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