Architecture award for new labs

The new Flinders University Biodiversity facility at Bedford Park has won the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture at the 2022 SA Architecture Awards.

The building was recognised for its “thoughtful, contemporary design and use of steel materials which are both metallic and earthy, complementing its bushland surrounds”.

Captive breeding facility for fish conservation projects at the new facility.

Designed by H2O Architects and Phillips/Pilkington Architects in association with Sarah Constructions, the building is accessible and maximises sustainable opportunities for solar panels, reuse, recycling, the use of natural light and fresh air.

The purpose-built facility will support world-class research and learning about nature and conservation, and will play a significant role in contemporary biodiversity engagement and education.

Our Biodiversity building will support ecology, molecular ecology, biodiversity and conservation, marine biology, aquaculture, microbiology and other specialist research fields.

The opportunity for ‘hands on’ teaching will particularly support the areas of social and ecological research in animal behaviour.

The feature colours of the skylights and entrances are drawn from markings on the animals studied in the building. These elements also feature in the interior, with the distinctive colours used to indicate marine and terrestrial research areas.

Forming part of Flinders’ upgraded science precinct, the building is located next to the University’s new glasshouses which are helping to address local and global food challenges.

Read more about the award and other SA winners here.

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