Sydney Nanoscience Hub
University of Sydney
Built, July 2015
11 000 sqm
Architectus has built on its reputation as a leader in the design of highly technical research and teaching facilities with the completion of the new Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney.
The Sydney Nanoscience Hub provides world-class facilities to meet the demanding requirements of nanoscience research, the only building in Australia to house such an advanced research capability alongside comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching facilities.
Designed to integrate with the heritage physics building precinct, the hub expresses its function in an overtly modern yet sensitive manner to complement its heritage context and enhance the campus environment.
The Sydney Nanoscience Hub manages the often conflicting requirements for openness and transparency and security and confidentiality in a way that appropriately controls access to selected areas of the building whilst allowing for visual and physical connections.
The precise, flush glass skin with staggered horizontal frit pattern is an interpretation of the research and nano-fabrication activity occurring within the building. The singular, reflective surface mirrors the adjacent heritage buildings whilst providing views of the research activities within.
The hub includes high performance laboratories, academic workspace, teaching facilities and informal student learning environments.
Australian Institute of Architects (NSW), Educational Architecture, Commendation, 2016
Master Builders Association (NSW), Excellence in Construction Tertiary Buildings $50m – $100m, 2015