by Christiane Rumetsch
No. 10, 2011
The new Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane, Australia featured in German AIT magazine. With commonly usable rooms and resources, the architecture of the "building without walls" on the site of the former Boggy Road Prison "successfully encourages the researchers' exchange of experience and their interdisciplinary voyages of discovery."
The colourful public area of the building is in stark contrast to the clinical white laboratories, which have splashes of grey and coordinated cladding in various colours.
One of the standout features of Ecosciences are its sustainability elements, and the article notes that, "the high thermal load, due to the 300 days of sunshine per year, is absorbed by a sophisticated sun-protection system on the facades greened interior courtyards and the functional zonings. Also exemplary regarding ecology is the lack of parking spaces. In the design of the interior, the attempt was made to take the rapid change in science into consideration with mobile workstation- and laboratory furnishings as well as the corresponding flexible ducting."—
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