Ecosciences Precinct / Hassell

Ecosciences precinct / hassell
© Christopher Frederick Jones

The Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane, Australia, brings together 1,000 scientists from four separate agencies and several different scientific disciplines in a single, collaborative research environment. Workgroups from various agencies are clustered together at Ecosciences based on the research themes of marine/estuarine science, plant and insect production/bio-security sciences and terrestrial science. This co-location of scientific agencies ‘without walls’ is a major innovation, shedding spatial and operational barriers to optimise collaboration, knowledge exchange and sharing.

Ecosciences precinct / hassell
© Christopher Frederick Jones

Specialised facilities and support activities are centrally managed and located for economies of scale and efficiency of use. Shared facilities include greenhouses, controlled environment rooms, stores, sample processing areas, glassware and media preparation, ICT and electron microscopy.

Ecosciences precinct / hassell
© Christopher Frederick Jones

The Precinct is broken up into three zones – office, laboratory and support – accommodating varying group sizes and functions in a generic, flexible and adaptable configuration that is designed to accommodate change over time. Stimulating, open and transparent research spaces form an ideal environment for creative professionals who demand not only state-of-the-art workplace facilities but also urban amenity and diversity of activity in a safe, vibrant setting.

Ecosciences precinct / hassell
© Christopher Frederick Jones

As Ecosciences is located in the subtropical region of Australia, one of the major challenges of the project was filtering the harsh sunlight. The solution was to envelope the building in a veil of perforated aluminium sun-screen, protecting the laboratory and courtyard spaces while establishing the external aesthetic of articulated and perforated skin.

Ecosciences precinct / hassell
© Christopher Frederick Jones

HASSELL led a highly consultative briefing process through all project phases engaging scientists across agency boundaries to facilitate the collaborative outcome. This process enabled many scientists to meet each other for the first time. Although they had been working in the same region on similar projects, they had not previously been aware of each other’s work. New scientific relationships were initiated following the collaborative planning and design process even before the building was occupied.

Project Details:
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Area: 50,000 sqm
Architects: Hassell
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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