Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (North) by Hames Sharley, Nedlands

August 10th, 2014 by retail design blog

Western Australia is home to two Nobel in Medicine Laureates and some of Australia’s brightest scientific minds in the field of medical research. The new headquarters for the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) is at the heart of the state’s premier new research precinct on the QEII Medical Centre.

The Harry Perkins Institute in Perth will house over 700 researchers and exemplifies a new collaborative and interactive model in the joint use of space and technology. The PC2 OGTR laboratory space has been designed to be generic in planning and function in order to support research interests rather than territorial silos. Labs are open with excellent light and aspect and avoid segregating areas for specific user groups. High investment instruments and facilities have been centralised.

Hames Sharley’s architectural team conducted extensive research including interstate and international study tours and input from respected collaborators to produce an innovative class leading building. The building is organised with a strong vertical integration and visual connection between research floors, and an innovative floor plate designed to maximise collaboration and flexibility. The innovative inclusion of community education facilities has been supported by a $5.4 million Lotterywest Grant.


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