The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence designed by Woodhead is located in Brisbane, Australia. The building has been developed in two wings allowing the heart of the site to be developed as a vibrant public plaza space. The separate form of the Lecture Theatre sits above the plaza as a sculptural centrepiece which affords shade and accommodates the indoor-outdoor café. It is strategically landscaped for shade and ambience shifting the emphasis from the physicality of place to embrace a sense of social belonging and community.
The design fully satisfies the criteria of the brief but also provided additional benefit by introducing a range of social spaces throughout the building. Scientists know that new research directions, partnerships and even ‘eureka’ moments often occur in these less formal environments. The design features flexible laboratory and ancillary spaces with capacity for expansion over time as well as the opportunity to use shared meeting and event facilities within the shared collaborative zone.