To consolidate the local, regional and national laboratory services operated by A+ into a state-of-the-art facility. The diversity of services offered by LabPlus in one facility ensures that this building would be unique internationally.
Archimedia were selected from twenty four applicants on the basis of a second-stage competition concept design that focused on providing the most flexible, rational and independently serviced “best practice” space possible within a limited budget.
Conceived in the competition entry as layers of “served” column free space, the laboratory envelope was suspended between fourteen external ducts which are accessible and accommodate all vertical services for the facility.
Two trusses each spanning three bays of 24 metres support transverse Dycore precast spanning 12 metres, creating a floor plate of 2500m2 with just four internal columns. Within the truss depth in the central bay, all mechanical equipment is housed in fully accessible, acoustically separated plant rooms. The ceiling of each side bay rises from the bottom chord of the central trusses to the external structure at the perimeter, creating sloping ceilings that reflect light off external glass light shelves, deep into the interior.
Archimedia proposed an additional partly-excavated basement level that has been utilised to house Auckland hospital’s new mortuary services. The exterior is modulated in a series of lightweight proprietary spandrel panels, glazing system and sun-shading devices, spanning between vertical ducts.
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