Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Its research work is focused on the human brain. This project is stage 1 of a planned neurological research precinct within the Randwick education / health district. The NeuRA precinct is to be delivered in 4 stages, accommodating 700 researchers.

The design intent for the stage 1 building includes:

  • Creating an enduring and memorable identity and image for the research organisation – one that not only gives it presence on barker street, but more critically gives it a distinct identity within the international research community;
  • Creating rational and flexible research floorplates which afford maximum social exchange and research collaboration;
  • Addressing the clients brief for the architecture to be “freely poetic and expressive – as opposed to the ‘reductively’ rational”

The stage 1 building includes shared facilities to the total future precinct as well as open, transparent, shared research environments where researchers are clustered in flexible cohorts of 6-10. A ‘serrated or chevron skin’ solution addresses the urban design, technical (reflectivity, solar penetration and geometric) issues on the south and east elevations, while at the same time facilitating a memorable image for NeuRA – addressing their principle brief requirement.

  • Awards
  • Technical Information
  • Cox Team

The People’s Choice Award, Randwick City Council 2013

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
Project Status
Completed, 2013
Key Consultants
AECOM (Davis Langdon), WT Partnership, Taylor Thomson Whitting, Shelmerdines, AJ Whipps, PKA Acoustic Consulting, Tract, Cundall, Access Associates, Windtech, VOS
Contractor / Builder
Richard Crookes Constructions
Gross Floor Area