Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Melbourne, Australia
Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Project 2006 – 2012

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is at the forefront of international medical research.  A new building and renovation of an existing building doubles the Institute’s size and creates a distinctive landmark.

Carrying a vibrant, forward-looking imagery for the whole complex, the new building is conceived as a series of horizontally stacked metal boxes.  Each is a satin silver envelope brought to life with glazing shaded by banks of screening louvres with randomly placed downturned tab edges.

The older building is, in part, lightly wrapped in a new polished aluminium skin fusing it to the new.

The seven levels of each building link directly in a new atrium.  It offers visual connection between levels and with views of the working laboratories from glazed lifts, enhances a sense of community within the workspace.

In association with S2F (Sinclair Knight Merz).