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Chemical Sciences Building University of New South Wales Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) Location: Kensington, New South Wales, Australia Completion: 2006 GFA: 9,540 m2 Photography: Andrew Chung

The Chemical Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) comprises two levels of shared specialist instrumentation and analysis laboratories and three levels to accommodate the research and teaching laboratories of the School of Chemistry. The building was designed as a lowrise building with floorplates designed specifically as flexible and adaptable “laboratory modules” to provide maximum long-term benefit to the University. For the shared specialist instrumentation component (basement and ground), the building provides quality research space in a new shared building on the Lower Campus of UNSW, fully utilises existing equipment to work to their specification (both technical and scientific), enables the expansion of the EMU (Electron Microscope Unit), consolidates the NMR facility (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and provides new shared space for nanotechnology courses. For the School of Chemistry component (levels 1-3), the building reorganised the functional units of the School to vastly improve space utilisation and relationships, ensured that all laboratories meet current Australian Standards and BCA, provides new opportunities for research and staff interaction/ collaboration, enables flexibility in the planning layout and use of the laboratories, and establishes a clear identity for the School.

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Randwick City Council’s urban design awards recognise architects and designers who are enhancing Randwick City’s built environment and aim to promote and inspire outstanding urban design. They incorporate five categories that highlight the wide variety of developments that constitute our built environment. The Award recognises developments that best achieve the following urban design selection criteria: Relationship to the urban and natural environment; Contribution to contemporary and/or historic settings; Long term sustainability; Excellence in design.

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1. Front view showing main entry to the Chemical Sciences Building 2. The building framed by trees 3. Glazing maximising views and openness between the Mall and laboratories 4. View of the external cladding system

Awards: Randwick City Council, Urban Design Award, 2008 Master Builders Association, Award of Excellence, 2007

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