Ecology Agriculture/Horticulture Fitout - Massey University

 

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Lab-works Architecture was engaged as the primary design consultant to relocate the Ecology Group at Massey University from their existing facilities which had grown inadequate for the specialist work they were undertaking. The Ecology Group at Massey University sits within the Institute for Natural Resources.

The fitout is for academic, administrative and technical staff along with post graduate and PhD students. It includes the staff and post-graduate offices, administrative spaces, meeting spaces and research laboratories. Research within the group includes the study of population and community ecology, limnology, soil zoology, behavioural ecology, evolution and molecular ecology.

The new facility comprises a research laboratory which can be adapted to suit the needs of current and future research projects, both in terms of size and use. It allows for the observation of small animals and birds as well as providing autopsy spaces. The new location allows the Ecology Group offices to be accessible to students and laboratories and meeting spaces that are open and visible to visitors, staff and students. This design encourages interaction and the sharing of knowledge.

The specialist research laboratories allow for the collection of ancient DNA and the separate temperature controlled rooms allow for the culturing of insects and manipulating of environmental conditions to study invertebrates and plants. Adjacent areas are used for the study of sea water and fresh water vertebrates and invertebrates, including within controllable environments.

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