The AIBN Building.
The AIBN Building.

The $75 million AIBN is a triumph in research institute architecture.

As part of the joint UQ, Queensland Government and The Atlantic Philanthropies-funded project, Jackson/S2F Architectural Joint Venture has created a six-level facility which blends effortlessly into its eucalypt and rainforest surrounds and is safeguarded from the energy-sapping effects of the sun.

After just over two years of construction, the building features a gross floor area of 15,689 square metres.

The architects have created a building that brings together key University research groups from the biological, chemical and physical sciences.

In fact, the AIBN, connected to the neighbouring Molecular Biosciences Building by a walkway, will house up to 365 staff and research students, including many returning to Australia from overseas, as well as those attracted from local and interstate institutions.

To combat the effects of Brisbane’s subtropical climate, sun-shading devices consisting of metallic fins have been installed on windows on the southern side, with devices consisting of a finer filagree screen of perforated metal slats on the northern and eastern sides.

The complex will consist mainly of research laboratories – 16 in total – with the three largest measuring 278, 281 and 303 square metres in area.

Specialist facilities in the AIBN include: 

  • Cell and tissue culture facilities; 
  • Nanoparticle production and analysis capabilities; 
  • Polymer Synthesis and Characterisation; 
  • Microanalysis; and 
  • Ultra-High Performance Flow Cytometry.

In addition, AIBN is also comprised of facilities critical to its research endeavours such as the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis and the Centre for Computational Molecular Science.

The building also features: 

  • Reticulation systems for essential scientific gases such as natural gas, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, as well as vacuum and compressed air to outlets throughout the facility 
  • 58 fume cupboards ensuring a safe working environment 
  • A back-up electrical generator designed to maintain AIBN’s critical samples during power outages 
  • A human-made, rock-lined water course and 
  • Bicycle racks and associated changing facilities.
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The completed building, October 2006

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