Melbourne Brain Centre opens in Australia

20 October 2011 (Last Updated October 20th, 2011 18:30)

The A$227m (US$231m) Melbourne Brain Centre, a neuroscience research facility set to host 700 researchers, has opened in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The A$227m (US$231m) Melbourne Brain Centre, a neuroscience research facility set to host 700 researchers, has opened in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The centre was designed by Australia-based architects Lyons and built by Brookfield Multiplex.

The 20,000m² Melbourne Brain Centre will house three leading research bodies: the Florey Neuroscience Institute, the Mental Health Research Institute and the University of Melbourne’s Neurosciences Faculty.

The centre will have public spaces on the ground floor, including a neurosciences bookshop and the Cunningham DAX Gallery, exhibiting artworks created by people with experience of mental illness and trauma.

The building has won full 5 Star / Green Star environmental design certification for making use of natural light and interconnected bridges to facilitate interaction.