ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
The University of Melbourne commissioned Harmer Architecture to design a new research centre for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.
The new centre focuses on research of manipulating the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials. The research programme spans high-throughput computational screening, single molecule photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy and embraces innovative outreach and commercial translation activities. The Centre plans to capture the knowledge generated as new intellectual property, materials processing know-how, and through the creation of new employment opportunities. The expected outcomes and benefits include new Australian technologies in solar energy conversion, energy-efficient lighting and displays, security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence.
Detailed briefing with the user group and extensive product research was conducted to ensure the design of the space is fit for purpose for the type of research in Exciton Science.
Located on the north west side of Level 3 of the Chemistry Building, the new centre is divided into the administration hub and the research laboratory area, consisting of:
The main entry of the centre is identified through the angled ocular wall and overlapping coloured stainless steel cladding to resemble a lens aperture.
The project is due to be completed in March 2018.