Australian wildlife health centre

Stead, Naomi (2006) Australian wildlife health centre. Architecture Australia, 95 2: 80-87.

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Author Stead, Naomi
Title Australian wildlife health centre
Journal name Architecture Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-8725
Publication date 2006-03
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Volume 95
Issue 2
Start page 80
End page 87
Total pages 8
Place of publication Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Architecture Media
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
Minifie Nixon's Australian Wildlife Health Centre at the Healesville Sanctuary takes a highly experimental approach to programme, technique and form.

This article evaluates the building Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC) at the Healesville Sanctuary in Melbourne, Victoria designed by Minifie Nixon. The AWHC is Minifie Nixon's second public building after the much-discussed Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of the Arts. The visitor first enters a main gallery, a doughnut of space with a glass-enclosed courtyard in the centre, and the outer wall slightly deformed into a bulging "apse" behind the reception desk. Here the visitor is placed immediately in the midst of the action, with a series of glass walled rooms bordering this space -- an operating theatre, laboratory, examination room and recovery areas are all directly visible, while a necropsy is accessible but protected behind a screen. This arrangement means that a vet in the laboratory identifying a pathogen can speak directly to the people watching outside, just as visitors can observe operations, live and close up, and even witness post-mortem dissections.
Keyword Architecture
Public buildings
Architectural design
Original Creative Works - Textual work
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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