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Sarich Neuroscience Institute

Sarich Neuroscience


This is a philanthropic initiative, with seed funding of $20m pledged by the Sarich family, it is to be located on the Verdun Street boundary of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre campus in Nedlands Perth, the gateway to the research precinct.
The building will be home to, The McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation, The Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute, The Ear Science Institute of Australia and the Neurofinity Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group.
The brief; an operationally efficient, cost effective, 8,000m² research facility, with clinical facilities on the ground floor,PC2 laboratories on the upper three floors and cryogenic archival storage at plant room level. Building design, while tailored to suit the immediate requirements has been developed to ensure that it can readily adapt to future changes in occupancy, research priorities and practices.
The defining architectural gesture is an aluminium composite screen wall which folds back on itself to capture the eastern end of the building.
The front entry and lift lobbies over are linked by a small atrium reinforcing a sense of common purpose for both staff and patients, also serve as break out spaces to facilitate the exchange of ideas through informal interaction between researchers.
The glass curtain screen wall to the office areas carries a digitally printed abstract graphic representation of a neuron network, a decorative element gesturing to the complexity and wonder of scientific enquiry.
The clarity of the architectural expression is intended to reassure and engender hope in patients participating in the research programs.