BioFab3D is a biomedical research facility at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM), built as a prototype to test a new model for medical research. This new model aims to fast-track the translation of research into medical device development to improve health outcomes, by co-locating diverse expertise from different institutions, including researchers, engineers, and clinicians in a hospital setting. BioFab3D unites five institutions: SVHM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, and University of Wollongong.
The design is centred on a glazed central laboratory with laboratory support and workplace zones to the north and south respectively. A “racetrack” circulation pathway is created around the laboratory facilitating movement of people, consumables, and waste. All spaces are “non-territorial” shared facilities to focus and promote multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration. This facility puts science of display which not only enlivens the space but presents the facility as a philanthropic tool to showcase achievements.
David Fletcher, Design Architect
Lehr Consultants International, Engineer