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Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (David Penington Building)

Architect: DesignInc

City of Melbourne | C26

Science and technology are continually evolving. The Bio21 Institute’s David Penington Building was built to reflect new methods of research, the dynamics of collaboration and the future of laboratory design. Architects DesignInc and builders Baulderstone Hornibrook brought the concept to life, creating a seven-storey building with a balance between function and form, facilitating a unique work environment that mixes research laboratories, offices, platform technology facilities and collaboration spaces under one roof. Two building blocks on the north and south are joined by a connecting glass-and-steel atrium space, a centrepiece staircase and elevators inspired by the structure of a cell nucleus. Figuratively interpreted, break-out spaces emerge from this cellular form to promote the meeting, sharing and dissemination of ideas inside and outside the laboratories. Located in the University of Melbourne’s western precinct, the Bio21 Institute is positioned as a world-class research facility, offering a new model for industry engagement and innovative multidisciplinary research.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: The Bio21 atrium; Magnetic Resonance Facility (with a tour guide); laboratory corridors (with tour)

  • Special Note: It is not safe for people with pacemakers to enter the Magnetic Resonance Facility.

  • Tour Type: C26

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30 pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, running for 15minutes, in groups of 10

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 2005

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  • Transport: Tram stop 15: Park Dr/Flemington Rd on routes 55 and 59


30 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052, VIC


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