SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING30 Mar 2020
Crystalline cubes place ‘science on display’
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New South Wales, Australia – Molecular Horizons designed by Jacobs and Denton Corker Marshall, houses the University of Wollongong's new 6,900 square metre $80 million collaborative research facility, containing $25 million highly advanced microscopy equipment. In response to the equipment’s extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic interference, the building is broken into two wings connected by a transparent atrium link.

The north wing houses laboratories and is expressed as a single rectilinear volume, supported by oversized timber columns straddling the crystalline cubic forms of the microscopy suite. Constructed out of glass u-channels with white frit to provide variable transparency, the cubes glow at night and place 'science on display'.                       

The building's south wing accommodates meeting rooms, breakout spaces, interconnecting stairs, lift cores and common spaces.