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Lyons, Australia, university, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Australian Institute of Architects, architectural competition, cellular façade, precast concrete

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science has got a new building which will meet University’s long-term needs. The cell façade edifice is designed by Lyons won the competition sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects and the brief was for the project to have a transformative effect on the overall architecture and identity of the campus, previously built within the strict guidelines for heights and materials employed.

The building offers an environment where students can develop their research needs to the end; therefore it is designed around the University’s specific model for creating a pathway for students in scientific fields.

The lower levels of the building accommodate large open and flexible labs, which are further connected with learning spaces. This type of spatial organization allows students to move between laboratory based experiments and work to digital and collaborative learning activities within adjacent spaces. At some points these learning spaces break out to landscaped areas which place students at the center where social and learning points overlap. The project design responds to the unique attributes of the Campus, with its elevated ‘concourse’ at the first level. The primary reception to the building is, in fact, located at this concourse level at a ‘cross roads’ of the campus circulation in a north-south direction.

The iconic stairway rises through the building, acting as a pathway which connects the students and research levels. The cellular façade of the building represents the molecules, and is done in precast concrete. The concrete cells additionally offer distinctive spaces for students and staff to meet and collaborate.

Lyons, Australia, university, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Australian Institute of Architects, architectural competition, cellular façade, precast concrete

Lyons, Australia, university, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Australian Institute of Architects, architectural competition, cellular façade, precast concrete

Lyons, Australia, university, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Australian Institute of Architects, architectural competition, cellular façade, precast concrete

Lyons, Australia, university, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Australian Institute of Architects, architectural competition, cellular façade, precast concrete

 

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