Location: Adelaide, Australia.

Architect: SPA and BVN.

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) at the University of South Australia is located in Adelaide’s BioMed City, alongside other medical facilities. The building houses the Centre for Cancer Biology and the University’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, as well as a business incubator hub and a public gallery. The building’s external structural frame is used for sun-shading and its precast columns extend beyond the roofline. The building’s entrance connects to an urban park, which was designed in collaboration with the University of Adelaide. The building’s functional areas are focused around three atria, which encourage networking and idea sharing. The MOD. gallery within the entry foyer connects art and science and brings together the public and industry to interact, learn and be inspired. The development has achieved a US Green Building Council LEED Gold rating, with key sustainability features including rainwater capture and storage, energy recovery in ventilation systems, and a solar photovoltaic system. The overall intent of the development is to create a connected and engaged community of inquiry within the building and beyond.

Photo credit: Chris Oaten, Paul E Barnes.