Australian architecture firm, lyons has completed ‘john curtain school of medical research’, a research laboratory designed to enhance interactivity and collaborative research. Located in the capital city of Australia, the low-rise structure is based at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Housing research facilities, exhibition areas and a 200 seat public lecture theater, the building features a series of internal spaces that are connected with stairs and open atria aimed at promoting social exchange and fraternization.
Angular glass and steel fins expand outwards, giving the form a strong sense of movement and orientation. Alternating panels gradually reveal the inner-workings of the school as the viewer approaches the entrance. Digitally rendered concrete panels on the side and back elevations symbolize the research work of the school through simplified icons of molecules and codified representations of the DNA strand.