This pre-fabricated approach to construction has produced a cost effective and energy efficient research building for cutting-edge nanocomposite technology. Construction time, material waste and any disruption to the university campus were dramatically reduced compared to that of a traditional building.
Steel-framed modules with flush steel panel cladding were delivered complete to site and craned into place. The modules were arranged in a u-shape to create a double-height Process Hall at the heart of the facility, which houses the nanocomposite team’s manufacturing and research equipment. A perforated and profiled metal veil was then applied, slightly spaced apart from the modules, to unify the facade, establish the building’s identity and provide sunshading.
IINM is located adjacent the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI), completed by Cullinan Studio in 2012.