La Trobe University’s new Institute for Molecular Science is a state-of-the-art facility for molecular science, biotechnology and nanotechnology research. Designed by Melbourne-based Lyons Architects, the $97-million project will provide new laboratories, accommodation for over 400 researchers and a 180-seat auditorium for teaching use and public lectures. The building aims to achieve at least a 5-Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia’s Educational Tool.
The six-story rectangular building is enveloped with an undulating honeycomb-like façade that is dominated by colorful oversized window frames. Three of these are outfitted with wood and protrude from the exterior wall creating an interesting effect. Thanks to the large façade openings, the interior overflows with natural light.
The structure will be linked into the existing upgraded four-story building, providing a fully-integrated research and learning environment. With large open areas and lounges scattered throughout the lower floors, the new building encourages interaction and reinforces a sense of interconnectivity. Incorporating a wide range of cutting-edge sustainability technologies, the building aims to achieve a 5 Star Green Level — a certificate awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia to projects that showcase innovation in sustainable building practices.
Photos by Dianna Snape