Located in Perth, Australia, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research was designed by Hames Sharley. Flexibility and collaboration are key drivers for the design. Breaking with orthodox plan forms, large open labs run from north to south in the centre of the building, with offices to the west and core labs to the east. This avoids the disconnection between researchers, and also maximises natural light, external views and helps break down ‘territorial’ barriers.
Typical laboratory floors have been sized for approximately 100 people. Offices are grouped to reduce travel distances and open onto central open plan work areas to support teams of varying size while encouraging contact between researchers.