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University of Queensland - Queensland Brain Institute
"Our endeavour was to balance the intense focus of the laboratory with a sense of the world beyond." John Wardle
The Queensland Brain Institute is a world-leading research facility that is now complete on the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. The Institute is dedicated to “discovering the cellular and molecular mechanisms which underlie the ability of the adult brain to adapt to change by generating new nerve cells and forming new functional connections.”
After an Australia wide Expression of Interest stage, four firms were short listed by the University of Queensland for a design competition. Our winning scheme houses a diverse gathering of the scientific community. The design visually connects laboratories and offices with the broader campus context, acting as a 'Theatre for Research'.
Rather than pursue overt symbolism in the building fabric, our endeavour was to balance the intense focus of the laboratory with a sense of the experience of the world beyond, a reminder of sciences’ social responsibilities. Open interaction spaces are pressed against the building edge, exposing the internal activity of research and exploration to a wider audience.
John Wardle Architects and Wilson Architects