Bio21 Institute
30 Flemington Road, Parkville 3010.
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Bio 21
  • Built between 2002-05.
  • Designed by DesignInc .
  • Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Building Description:

The University of Melbourne's $140m Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute, or David Penington Building) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology.

The fa├žade is distinguised by a series of large glass louvres which shade the building in summer and provide a unique visual display at night. Internally, a large atrium is surrounded by laboratories and offices. A central feature of the foyer is a large and elaborate staircase.

The building design has received numerous awards including the Property Council of Australia's Rider Hunt Award (2005) and Royal Australian Institute of Architect's Margaret Mahony Award for Interior Architecture (2005).



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