The client, Australian National University, has had a long-running history of prestigious students and alumni, including nobel-prize winners. Because of this long-standing history embedded in the University, the new development and briefing process called for an outcome that would be recognisable and distinctive.
The building was designed to enhance interactivity and collaborative research. Glazed entry foyer space incorporates interactive displays and a 200 seat public lecture theatre. The building incorporates landscape courtyards, naturally ventilated offices and other Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) features. A key external detail to the building is the off-form 3D relief pre-cast concrete accompanied by the splayed facade which is reminiscent of a DNA helix.