Prism Facades, University of NSW, Biological Sciences Building

Name
University of NSW, Biological Sciences Building

Location
Sydney, Australia

Architect
Woods Bagot Architects

Client
Sharvain Projects

Date
Completed 2017

Earth-coloured terracotta fins form a decorative shading screen over a structurally reinforced glass curtain wall frame.

This new nine-storey research facility includes staff offices, flexible laboratory spaces, and teaching facilities for the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Biotechnology and Bimolecular Sciences.

It has the capacity to accommodate around 400 staff and PhD researchers and 200 undergraduate biomedical students. The building facades are formed from unitised curtain walls, which include angled arrays of vertical terracotta sunshades.

Prism Facades were engaged by specialist facade subcontractor Sharvain Projects to provide full engineering and certification of the facade systems and sunshades.

Prism Facades, University of NSW, Biological Sciences Building

Terracotta Screens
Unitised curtain walls support a screen of vertical terracotta baguettes

Prism Facades, University of NSW, Biological Sciences Building
Prism Facades, University of NSW, Biological Sciences Building

Reinforcing a Curtain Wall to Support Terracotta
Prism Facades worked closely with Sharvain Projects to engineer specialised bracketry to support the heavy terracotta screen