Research Laboratories - Upgrade of Blocks H & I - Scion


Rotorua, New Zealand

Lab-works Architecture worked successfully with Scion and project managers RDT Pacific to develop modern flexible laboratories that feature both individual and open-plan spaces, designed to reflect Scion's dedication to providing world-class science to its industry sectors.

This Crown Research Institute specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors. The research laboratories are located in Rotorua at the Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Whakarewarewa Forest.

The pre-existing laboratories dated from the 1970's and were accommodated in two adjacent buildings linked via a walkway, separated internally by a central corridor. A series of small individual working spaces made for inefficient work flow and a lack of flexibility.
The project includes a PC2 Fermentation laboratory, PC1 Chemistry and Analytical spaces, pre and post PCR, and Molecular Analytical Laboratories. Support and office spaces were incorporated into adjacent areas.

A feature of the project is the new fully glazed north facing corridor. This has allowed the internal spaces to be opened up, and the space used more efficiently. Not only has this maximised the views to the exterior, it has also allowed for Scion to take their clients through the facility, to view the work taking place, without the need for them to enter the laboratory zone.

Lab-works Architecture was awarded the S-Lab 2013 International Laboratory Building Award for the refurbishment of the Research Laboratories at Scion.

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