How Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute Revolutionizes Medicine Through Architecture

The green “atrium,” open to the elements, is essential to the concept of the building. The laboratory spaces all look onto the atrium. On the ground level, there are many interaction zones around the green space. Image © Christopher Frederick-Jones

In , the largest research institute for medicine south of the equator, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), is transforming the world of medical research in part thanks to its new building by Wilson Architects and BVN Donovan Hill. Opened last year, the building has found success in the way it encourages chance encounters, offers a shaded breakout space for the neighboring hospital, and simply makes researchers feel like they “must be doing something important.” In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “In Brisbane, An Innovative Laboratory Complex Is Home to Pioneering Medical Research,” Mikki Brammer explores how such a building can have such a powerful effect on the world of medicine.

It’s not often that the aspect of chance is considered a positive thing in the world of medicine, where the smallest error can determine life or death. But at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, Australia, chance encounters are leading to lifesaving discoveries.

Zaha Hadid Unveils ‘Blossoming’ Towers for Brisbane Riverfront Development

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Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their latest design, an urban riverfront development in Brisbane. The project consists of three 22 and 25-story sculptural residential towers containing 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas, along with car parking spaces and 7,300 square meters of landscaped public parklands. According to property developer Sunland Group’s Managing Director, Sahba Abedian, Grace on Coronation is slated to reinvigorate a historic site.

Oxlade Drive House / James Russell Architect

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Architects: James Russell Architect
Location: QLD,
Design Team: James Russell, Andrew Shindler & John Ellway
Area: 210.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Toby Scott

Boarding House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brisbane River, , Australia
Architect In Charge: Shaun Lockyer
Project Architect: Neva Wethereld
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Advanced Engineering Building / Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL

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Architects: Richard Kirk Architect & HASSELL in joint venture
Location: QLD, Australia
Architect In Charge: Richard Kirk Architect & in joint venture
Area: 18,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

University of Queensland Global Change Institute / HASSELL

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Architects: HASSELL
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Area: 3865.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Beeston / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer, Shane Marsh
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Trickett / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: QLD,
Architect In Charge: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer, Lucy Hyndman, Jen Lambkin
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Pony Restaurant / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Brisbane, QLD,
Client: Pony
Area: 510 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Trevor Mein

One Wybelenna / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brookfield, Brisbane,
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer ,Shane Marsh, Lucy Hyndman, Richard Pain, Corinne Bolton
Area: 1,012 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion / Cox Rayner Architects

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Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: Brisbane,
Client: South Bank Corporation
Photographs: Angus Martin Photography, Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn Photography

Energex Headquarters / Cox Rayner Architects + BVN Donovan Hill

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Architects: Cox Rayner Architects + BVN Donovan Hill
Location: Brisbane,
Client: FKP Limited
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Angus Martin Photography

West End Ferry Terminal / Cox Rayner Architects

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Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: West End, Brisbane,
Client: Brisbane City Council
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Ross Pottinger

River Room / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Chelmer, Brisbane,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Jen Lambkin, Corinne Bolton
Area: 292 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Taringa House / Loucas Zahos Architects

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Architects: Loucas Zahos Architects
Location: Brisbane, 
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Con Zahos, George Hazell
Area: 509 sqm
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Holy Family School / Ferrier Baudet Architects

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Architects: Ferrier Baudet Architects
Location: Queensland,
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Sandison

One One Eagle Street / Cox Rayner Architects

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Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: 111 Eagle Street, , Australia
Area: 64,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn, Stefan Jannides, Leon McBride, Scott Needham

105 V House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: , , Australia
Project Team: Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Neva Wethereld – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton ‐ Interiors
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
General Contractor: Origin Builders
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows