Strategic planning and design was undertaken by Woodhead to achieve a brand new 4200m2 GFA multilevel Medical Science and Pharmaceutical buildings. Facilities include teaching laboratories, classrooms, academic and administration facilities, smart AV and recording technologies. The buildings house Graduate Entry pharmaceutical and medical students.
The buildings display a definable Territory and Indigenous visual context. All dedicated spaces flow out onto landscaped courtyards providing access to both indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
Typically, in the Northern Territory timber is not used as a structural or aesthetic material because of the fear of termite damage. The usage of timber in this project makes it very unique to Darwin.
A very intentional application of Merbau veneer line the soffits at the main entry and guide you through to the main courtyard area. The courtyard displays a combination of unique timber detailing incorporating hardwood battened eaves, wood composite decking and external grade plywood lockers. Merbau slatted fencing dash the perimeter to indicate secondary entries and in is complimented by the detailed landscaping.
The use of timber in the Pharmacy and Medical science building was paramount to achieve a design outcome which shows warmth in an otherwise sterile building environment. Our Architects worked alongside joiners and carpenters, relying on their skill and experience to ensure the detailing and application of timber was at its best to withstand extreme tropical conditions.