- Year: 2014
- Bvn Team: Julian Ashton, Bill Dowzer, Ian Goodbury, John Jacka, Rose Jimenez, Namaste Burrell, Andrew Metcalf, Ali Bounds, Frank Bruss, Catherine Skinner, Will Blake
- Hydraulic Engineers: Steve Paul and Partners
- City: Sydney
- Country: Australia
“The Westmead Millennium Institute brings together staff from six sites across the Westmead Hospital campus; facilitating a regrouping of divergent research groups within a singular place of calm engagement.
A strong sense of logic drives the ordering and thus expression of the building. It strikes an impressive presence along the Hawkesbury Road, almost formidable at the suburban edge of the campus. Despite the sense of calm resolution, it is a flexible and even unfinished building, which ensures its continued use and adaptation over many years as it shape and occupants may change.
Generous service zones integrate the huge array of engineering required now and into the future, and many of the spaces now set up as offices can become labs as the use expands.
From within, this logic brings clarity to a complex, multi-functional brief. Access to light and views of the outside are provided equally from within and through laboratories, offices and communal spaces. This transparency also facilitates a layered understanding of the building’s use, promoting interaction between researches and engaging visitor.
BVN’s well considered palette of materials and details underpins the enduring quality of this building, which offers a beguiling sense of wellbeing. A mix of natural materials, quality concrete and light – reflecting white surfaces create a focused working ambience. Generous proportioning elevates the mundane and quiet strength emerges through the skilful execution of many parts within the whole.
This is a project where every aspect has been considered. The sensitivity and deftness of this consideration has transformed the building’s logic into an uplifting and inspiring environment for collaboration and research.”