Geoscience Australia

The Geoscience Australia facility is an energy efficient collection of offices, laboratories, stores and workshops. The flexible plan successfully integrates the various spaces to create a unified whole, encouraging a collaborative work environment.

Staff interaction is enhanced by half level access to related laboratory and office areas within the low rise 3 storey building. Covered internal courtyards and a pedestrian ‘street’ with open staircases help to create visual links between floors.

Geosicence Australia is recognised as a leader in ESD design, winning several design and environmental awards.

The facility has a compact, well insulated building envelope and a low ratio of external wall to gross floor area. With the primary facades oriented north-south, passive sun control system minimises solar loads. These elements are assisted by sealed double glazed windows and skylights.

Illumination is constant, achieved through a mix of natural and artificial light. Interstitial floors in laboratory areas are future proofed by offering maximum flexibility. The building services included Australia’s largest geothermal heat pump air-conditioning system at the time of completion.

Year
1998

Location
Australian Capital Territory

Client
Geoscience Australia

Value
Geoscience Australia

Awards
2001 National Green Building Award

1998 RAIA Canberra Medallion

1998 RAIA ACT Chapter Award

1998 World Environment Day Award

1998 Master Builders National Energy Awards Commercial Commendation

1998 Master Builders Award Project of the Year (ACT)

1998 Master Builders Environmental Management Merit Award