Materials Science and Engineering Building

University of New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

HDR is providing integrated laboratory planning and architectural and engineering design services for the new Materials and Science Engineering Building at the University of New South Wales. Regarded as one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, the school is an innovator in research ranging from materials production to the design, development, processing and recycling of materials for use in aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion and biomedical systems.

The new Materials Science and Engineering Building celebrates "science on display" with abundant research and collaboration space. The laboratory spaces make up the core of the facility and are transparent where possible, exposing the work of the scientists inside. Surrounding the labs is a habitable "skin" consisting of meeting rooms, offices and breakout spaces designed to encourage knowledge sharing. The façade enclosing the facility draws inspiration from the school's material science research, demonstrating new material innovations and reflecting the school's material engineering advancements. With the addition of the new Materials Science and Engineering Building, the school aspires to become Australia's leading contributor to research and teaching in material engineering.

Architecture Design Team: HDR and Grimshaw Architects; Engineering Design Team: HDR and Steensen Varming