Gateway Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
This new teaching and laboratory building houses the School of Biological Sciences at the south end of Victoria University’s Wellington campus. It offers state of the art teaching and research facilities which meet international standards of excellence.
The following key principles are at the forefront of the design:
- large open plan and flexible laboratory clusters have been designed with central associated support;
- spaces conductive to enhancing and fostering communication, interaction and collaboration between researchers, staff and students are prioritised;
- transparent design elements are a consistent internal feature of the planning, putting ‘Science on Display’;
- a new state of the art animal facility;
- clear separation of work, waste, material and people flows;
- interactive and dynamic working environments which foster collaboration both vertically and horizontally;
- flexible and adaptable planning;
- shared central support to maximise efficiencies whilst minimising footprint;
- sufficient space to adequately engage a service infrastructure program that is flexible, adaptable and easily maintained; and
- access to natural light and external views are maximised.
Jackson Architecture is engaged in association with Warren and Mahoney (NZ).