Designed by Hassell, in collaboration with Daniele Hromek of Djinjama, B Hardy as sub consultant, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility is being pitched as a “shared platform for collaboration and innovation.
AMRF is located on freshwater Dharug Country, now known as Greater Western Sydney. The design aims to respond to Country and connect the building to the broader landscape, context and deep history.
The design team laid the foundations for a response that listened to Country and in turn produced an architecture that is unique to this place.
The building’s columns will be articulated to reflect surrounding clusters of trees, for instance, while the “canopy” of the roof will catch water for a richly planted, landscape of local species and water features, celebrating “the meandering and ephemeral water of the Cumberland Plain.
The architectural form is soft with no sharp edges, responding to this being a women’s place.
The project heavily influenced and honors Grandmother Tree, the traditional custodian of this site and Dharug Country.