AgriBio (Centre for Agribioscience)
Ring Road, Bundoora 3083.
- Built between 2009-11.
- Designed by Lyons Architects .
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Initially known as the Biosciences Research Centure, the massive Centre for Agribioscience (AgriBio) building project was commenced in May 2009 and completed in December 2011. The building was constructed to accomodate laboratories for the Department of Primary Industries (State Government of Victoria) and La Trobe University on the latter's sprawling site in suburban Bundoora.
AgriBio has been designed to accomodate up to 400 research scientists and has incorporated the latest technologies and design principles for its laboratory and office spaces as well as achieving a 5-star environmental rating.
Each façade of AgriBio has been configured to generate maximum window area that results in natural daylight at every level across both laboratories and offices. Social spaces are located below a sky-lit atrium. The main building's façade incorporates external vertical shading fins on its upper two floors which have been scientifically designed to optimise the balance between natural light and thermal efficiency. Recycled wooden beams have also been used to provide external decoration and shading across some windows.
The surrounding garden has been landscaped with Australian native plants and ponds have been strategically placed in order to collect runoff from adjacent car park spaces.