Medical Science 2 by Lyons

Medical Science 2

Medical Science 2Medical Science 2 (MS2) is the second stage of the Medical Science Precinct, a joint project of the Menzies Research Institute, Tasmania, the Faculty of Health Science (FHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), via the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), to build an integrated health research facility in Hobart.
Medical Science 2The University of Tasmania’s Medical Science Building 2 (MS2) a multi-functional facility built with sustainability at top of mind. Designed by Lyons Architects, the building was intended to optimise the use of natural light while controlling glare and heat in order to create a comfortable study area within the large facility.
Medical Science 2The development of the contour form for the secondary sun-shading elements of MS2 has been based on the idea of Hobart’s topography, which was conceptually used for the fenestration of MS1. The geographical proximity of the Medical Science Precinct to the RHH facilitates the evolving relationships between these organisations, creating a vibrant medical precinct in the centre of Hobart.
Medical Science 2At the Medical Science 2 building (MS2) for the Menzies Research Institute and the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine, Lyons was able to combine architectural elements adjacent to the window to create a window system, ensuring both functional and poetic elements of the window were retained and not removed from the project during value-management.
Medical Science 2The window system consists of precisely crafted precast concrete frame, triple glazing, aluminium sunshades and insulation. Each element within the system performs a specific task and contributes to the functional and poetic nature of the window. The aluminium shades poetically reflect the topography of surrounding landscape and coloured glazing represents points of interest in the geography, the Derwent River represented as a wide blue streak across the northwest facade.
Medical Science 2The precast concrete frame, originally interpreted and scaled by Lyons from the brise soleil, permits a departure from the standard grid-like nature of commercial building facades and allows different views out into the landscape, says Lyons director Adrian Stanic.
Medical Science 2The most effective consequence of this departure is the ambiguous scale of the lattice facade, which, more than providing alternate views out of the building, critically allows the building to present different profiles to the city, the city edge and the city outer. Located on the edge of Hobart’s city grid, adjacent to the Domain and sliced by Brooker Avenue this metamorphosis will become more critical as the city changes around the campus site.
Medical Science 2Medical Science Building 2, part of the Medical Science Precinct, provides teaching facilities for over 1000 undergraduate students, research laboratories, two large lecture theatres, office and laboratory accommodation for 450 staff and students, a café servicing up to 150 patrons inside and outside on the landscaped podium, support facilities for undergraduate students.
Medical Science 2Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Architect: Lyons Architecture
Review: Claire McCaughan
Cost: $62 milion
Client: University of Tasmania
Photography: John Gollings / Dianna Snape

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