“This building is one of the reasons I moved my research team here from Perth.”
Dr Andre Luiten, Chair of Experimental Physics, Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

Details

Client
The University of Adelaide
Location
The Braggs, Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Completion
May 2009 - February 2013
Value
$96,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

12, 000m2 GFA

Description

The Braggs houses the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and an undergraduate teaching facility at the University of Adelaide. It incorporates both research, and undergraduate laboratories, and a 420 seat lecture theatre. The central philosophy of the building is to enable researchers from different scientific disciplines to come together to enable a transdisciplinary approach to research.

The building supports both formal and informal collaboration within the tight security and safety requirements of a leading laboratory environment. It is centrally positioned on campus and its major entrance is in a new five-storey atrium that connects to the existing research building. The path through the atrium is a major circulation zone for pedestrians on campus.

Along the southern edge is a full height atrium or ‘verandah’ which not only connects the building internally but also externally through the view out to the campus Maths Lawn.

The building’s façade uses light – a fundamental element of photonics research – as an inspiration. An elaborate faceted glass envelope wraps the building to create a crystalline form that shimmers through its reflection and refraction of light throughout the day.

Key client concerns addressed during the project included managing the development approval process, meeting target dates and anchor tenant requirements for EIF funding and ensuring flexibility of design to enable tenant development, and maximizing opportunities for collaboration between various scientific disciplines.

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Location

The Braggs, Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Awards

2013
RAIA SA Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture
2014
Property Council Australia - SA Development of the Year

Brief Elements

  • Vibration isolated optics Laboratories (laser and photonics)
  • Glass fabrication laboratories
  • Optic fibre fabrication laboratories
  • Atmospheric Sensing Laboratories
  • Surface Chemistry and Bio and Fibre sensing PC2 Laboratories
  • Luminescence PC2 Laboratories
  • Research Directorate
  • Dry Research Offices
  • PC1 Teaching Laboratories
  • 420 seat lecture theatre

Summary

  • New multi-level entry that creates a vital new pedestrian connection on campus, inhabited by researchers and students on the upper levels
  • Innovative building façade inspired by photonics research; creating a wave pattern with faceted glass
  • Circulation spaces are naturally ventilated with mechanical control at lab edge
  • 16m wide span floor plates for fully flexible wet and dry laboratory planning
  • Trunk services delivery along major horizontal circulation spine to allow access to services without disruption to labs
  • All circulation corridors located in full-height atrium space to enhance visibility and engagement between researchers and academics

Consultants

Hames Sharley
Laboratory Architect
Baulderstone
Main Contractor
Mott McDonald
Project Manager
Rider Levett Bucknall
Quantity Surveyor
Architecture and Access
DDA
Wallbridge and Gilbert
Civil, Structural
Arup
Facade, Fire, ESD
Bestec
Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Vertical Transport
Cetec Pty Ltd
Dangerous Goods
Katnich Dodd
Building Certification, BCA
Oxigen
Landscape
AECOM
Acoustic Engineer
Mortimer
Project Manager
Engineering Surveys Pty Ltd
Land Surveyor
McDougall and Vines Conservation & Heritage Consultants
Heritage
Hassell
Planning
Cundall
Client Representative/ESD Consultant
Synergy Green
ESD Consultant Architecture, Greenstar