MONA - HEAVY METALS LAB

Client: MONA
Location: Hobart, Australia
Status: Competition - Shortlisted 2014

NEON proposal for the Heavy Metals Lab takes the form of a giant scientific instrument, an inhabitable barometer of pollution levels with the Derwent estuary.

The scheme consists of a flowing array of heavy duty, industrial galvanised steel pipes that wrap the various programmatic elements of the project to create a distinctive, unified form.

The form of the Heavy Metals Lab is inspired both by scientific lab equipment and by the vernacular industrial architectural language found on the banks of the Derwent. The project is designed as a place for scientific research as well as a beacon that communicates the health of the river to the wider community.