2018 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Commercial Architecture

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Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre by Hassell.

Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre by Hassell. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre by Hassell
Commercial Architecture: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

A collegial and collaborative working environment is a common model for the contemporary workplace but a radical concept for the staff of Canberra’s new Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre. These highly specialized experts in digital, biological and chemical forensics, weapons intelligence, fingerprint and facial identification are used to being separat ed from each other and from the outside world. The new facility provides a workplace that will instead cultivate connections, exchange and the sharing of intelligence. A carefully layered plan separates sensitive areas by using spacious, light-filled and inviting corridors as internal streets, a remarkably calm and collaborative answer to this challenging brief.


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