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Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN

  • 17:00 - 24 August, 2015
Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN
Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings + 24

  • BVN Team

    Julian Ashton – Project Principal, Bill Dowzer – Design Review Principal, Ian Goodbury – Project Director, John Jacka – Project Architect, Rose Jimenez – Architect – User group leader, Namaste Burrell – Site Architect, Andrew Metcalf – Design Review, Ali Bounds – Project Team, Frank Bruss – Project Team, Catherine Skinner – Project Team, Will Blake – Architect and BIM leader
  • Project Manager

    Capital Insight
  • Builders

    Abigroup and Cockram
  • Services Engineers

  • Structural Engineers

    Taylor Thomson Whitting
  • Hydraulic Engineers

    Steve Paul Partnership
  • Quantity Surveyors

    WT Partnership
  • More Specs Less Specs
© John Gollings
© John Gollings

 “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.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

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.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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.”

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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Cite: "Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN" 24 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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