The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science in Melbourne designed by Australian architecture firm Lyons prominently displays its function. The building has “a tessellated facade based on the hexagonal geometry of a molecular structure”. The six-story structure is brightly colored, like a molecular model used in science classrooms, and speaks outwardly to the research and work being done within its walls. The architects explain, “The cellular exterior of the building is derived from ideas about expressing the molecular research that is being undertaken within the building”. Inside are student laboratories and teaching rooms, research facilities, administrative spaces, conference rooms, and a staff lounge. This building is one of many brave architectural moves by the university. Lyons has been successful in creating a dynamic, loud structure that is not offensive, unlike the neighboring bioscience facility with its X-shaped facade.

 

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