The Menzies Institute in Melbourne, by Lyons
Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:23
This building is really intriguing, it remembers me Frank Gehry when I saw the curves and shapes of the windows. But this is the Menzies Institute, a building at the University of Tasmania, designed by Lyon Architects, from Melbourne.
The first thought that passed me when I saw this building was that they wanted to pass security to those inside it and at the same time they wanted to invite anyone passing by to come inside, I could be wrong as to the first part, but surely this corner with a huge opening in its external "skin" invites everyone going through the sidewalk.
The Menzies Institute houses laboratories, accommodations for students and medical facilities. It does not reflect exactly that looking up outside, but as the architects themselves say: At the core of the concept is the creation of a ‘new culture’, reinforced in the building’s image and its social and functional planning.
As a public building of the city, it invites the public participation of the street through its corner entry; large transparent steel windows and glazed atrium space which is shaped by an organic steel formed structure separating MS1 and the existing heritage building (Hollydene House).
Thanks Dezeen for the tip!