University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine & Antarctic Sciences

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Sciences, TAS

The University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies provides a major step change to Australia’s capacity to explore and conserve its Southern Ocean and Antarctic Territories. The $40 million facility is situated on Hobart’s Princes Wharf No 2 site in Sullivan’s Cove, and unites UTAS, the CSIRO and Tasmanian Government resources in a single marine science precinct.

The IMAS building project was an initiative of the Australian Government as part of the Education Investment Fund. With a gross floor area of over 7,500m2, the facility provides a suite of managed learning spaces designed with new space design principles in mind. Lecture theatres and research hubs complement general and specific laboratories, some requiring physical quarantine containment.

In addition, controlled temperature and centralised culture facilities were created. To manage the newly created facility offices for directorate, administration and building amenities were also incorporated.

The building's layout, orientation, façade treatment, material selection and building servicing were responsive to the UTAS brief to achieve a 5 Star Green Star design rating. Some of the specific initiatives include:

  • Appropriate sun shading and management of solar thermal loads
  • Natural daylight ingress to the inner part of each floor plate via skylights and central voids
  • Active thermal mass in exposed concrete slabs effecting heating and cooling, and river water heat exchange
  • Natural ventilation and intake and draft to effect cooling and air change.

 Key Awards:

  • Master Builders Association Tasmania - Commercial Building $20 - $50 million category