Biosecurity Facility In New Zealand Is Not What One Expects; Instead of a Bunker, It's Beautiful

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The client required a multi‐functional building which could easily transform, if necessary, into a response centre and enable a number of agencies to work under one roof in the event of a disease outbreak or emergency. It acts as a gateway building terminating the approach onto the site connecting to existing laboratory buildings and their interconnecting covered walkways. The two corridors off this axis each end with vistas of the tōtara anchoring the building to the site.

The building contains a formal reception area, café, administration offices and multipurpose meeting/seminar/function rooms.