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Architectus designed PC2, WET and Dry labs

The Future of Lab Design

The Flinders University Health and Medical Research Building (HMRB) is a world-class facility designed to transform how we understand, diagnose, and treat illness.  

The HMRB brings together the best minds from the University’s Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Nursing and Health Sciences in a collaborative, digitally advanced environment that incorporates laboratories, workplace, seminar area, and public spaces for connecting with industry and communities.

Building at a glance

Lab environments

The building’s PC2 wet and dry labs are designed for flexibility, supporting different workflows, group sizes and research streams. They can also be re-configured as science and technologies evolve. Lab design prioritises spaces that are visually connected and integrated with the building, putting research on display. 

 Wet labs

  • Located away from public floors in a PC2 compliant zone, with controlled access
  • Adaptable design with open plan zone or enclosed space, supporting a variety of research functions or teams
  • PC2 compliant finishes throughout, with moveable lab benches and pedestals

Dry labs

  • Combination of publicly accessible space and secure workplace
  • Inviting public space for visitors waiting for consultations or interviews
  • Enclosed room with optimal acoustics and natural light for interaction with research participants  

Specialty labs

Wide range of these lab designs include:

  • Robotics and cell screening lab
  • Genomics lab for study and mapping of human or other genomes
  • Tissue culture and processing labs
  • Vision and eye bank labs
  • Cryostat lab for maintaining low cryogenic temperatures of samples 
  • Infection and immunity lab  

Workplace

An interconnecting staircase anchors the design as part of the wayfinding strategy, encouraging active movement and interaction. Extensive interior planting and green terraces, plus soaring atria and ‘winter gardens’, create an uplifting, biophilic environment for researchers and visitors. Designed for seamless collaboration and productivity, the building incorporates advanced digital features and rapid digital connectivity throughout. 

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