The project occupies an entire level of the existing STRIP 1 building at Monash University, Clayton campus. Work for the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) included new laboratories and office interiors. This project incorporates a contemporary approach to laboratory design. Challenges arising from adapting the existing building fabric and services were successfully resolved to maximise space and flexibility. Physical and design connections with the new Monash University STRIP 2 building was maintained whilst a distinctive identity for Monash ARMI/EMBL was also created.
The interior design aimed to achieve maximum floor plan flexibility. This was achieved through centralised open plan offices and laboratory areas, positioning the support spaces around the perimeter. The use of overhead services and relocatable benching enabled flexible arrangements of workbenches.
Transparency and penetration of natural light deep into interior spaces were facilitated by the extensive use of internal glass. The main feature of the design is a full height frameless glass wall that contains the laboratory spaces. The glass wall promotes visual connection between offices and laboratories and enables supervision of work.
Monash University / ARMI / EMBL Australia