lahznimmo architects in association with wilson architects were commissioned by UNSW to refurbish and expand the Wallace Wurth Building for UNSW Medicine and the Kirby Institute. The project realises stage two of the Biomedical Research Precinct following the completion of the Lowy Cancer Research Centre also by lahznimmo architects and wilson architects.
The Wallace Wurth Building sits on a prominent corner of the campus adjacent the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. A pedestrian gateway into the campus is created between the two buildings as well as a new “cornerstone” building marking the edge of the university campus.
In this second phase of works the existing Lowy collaborative “bridge”, which links into the Wallace Wurth Building is able to be extended into a new central atrium space which connects the occupants both physically and visually.
The lower levels of the building contain undergraduate teaching facilities including: lecture theatres; flexible teaching spaces; group scenario rooms; clinical skills and exercise physiology suites; anatomy and wet teaching spaces. Levels two to four consist of microbiological research laboratories and associated office write up spaces. The top two floors are occupied by the Kirby Institute and include a PC3 suite, and dry research space.