Medical Sciences Learning Centre, University of Auckland
To mark its 50th anniversary Auckland Medical Research Foundation retained S&T to design a Medical Sciences Learning Centre within an existing space at the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine. It provides a purpose built facility for undergraduate and postgraduate education in anatomy, radiology, pathology and clinical skills.
The centre is a museum, classroom, library, lecture theatre and multi-media facility all in one. The interior design makes use of an extensive collection of teaching tools including pathology specimens and plastinated body models demonstrating the complex systems of the human body.
Shelving is organised in a circular arrangement around a central core which depicts Da Vinci’s classic symmetrical image – the Vitruvian man. The circular concept symbolises the classic medical lecture theatre of the University of Padua, where anatomy teaching ushered in the modern era of medical education.
The facility was opened by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark on 2nd December, 2005.
Interior Design Award New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards (National) (2006)