The Macquarie University Incubator aims to amplify and imbue deep thinking around innovation, bringing together entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity, collaboration and support. It will be a vehicle for the University’s engagement with industry, government, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs. Conceived as a pair of timber pavilions, the Incubator provides flexible layouts that lend themselves to future adaptations and functions for start-ups.
▼木制亭子外观的建筑，the building is conceived as a pair of timber pavilions ©Brett Boardman
Incubation and Entrepreneurship主管John Shi-Nash说：“一开始我们就明确不希望这是一个常规的办公空间。我们需要一些真正具有创新精神的东西来激励在这里工作的人们。” 孵化器的最终目的是在实际层面体现Macquarie大学在场所与空间之中的创新精神。设计团队对多种几何形体进行了分析测试，确保其具有清晰的表达性、可建造性、结构创新性，能够适应多样的工作空间、微环境和具有常规变动的能力。这座建筑是一个充满抱负和具有代表性的创意合作教育空间。坐落于Macquarie大学茂盛的澳大利亚灌木丛中，漂浮着的建筑延伸出巨大的屋檐，与高大的桉树相呼应。虽然孵化器以促进技术创新为目的，但它也拥有基于场地的叙事关系。
“From the beginning, we knew we didn’t want a standard office building for this space. We wanted something truly innovative that would inspire those who work in it,” says John Shi-Nash, Director, Incubation and Entrepreneurship. The ultimate aim of the Incubator was to physically manifest Macquarie’s University’s renowned innovation in place and space. Multiple geometries were analysed and tested by the design team for their clarity of expression, buildability, structurally innovative qualities and capacity to accommodate a diverse workplace, micro-environments and the regular churn. The architecture is aspirational and representative of an innovative collaborative education space. Set in the magnificent Australian bush of Macquarie University, the building floats, extending its large eaves to meet the mature eucalyptus trees. Although the incubator encourages technological advancement it is also a story about place.
▼漂浮着的建筑延伸出巨大的屋檐与高大的桉树相呼应，the building floats, extending its large eaves to meet the mature eucalyptus trees ©Brett Boardman
▼结构体系分析，analysis of the structure
Timber is the main construction material; the majority of modular components were prefabricated offsite to ensure rapid construction and minimal disruption to the concurrent University semester. A variety of certified timber species were chosen, with guidance provided by the expertise of ARUP Structure (Sydney) it was determined; a ceiling diaphragm of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), large span Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams and Glulam V columns would form the cassettes. This system would be ideal for achieving efficiencies in structural spanning, fabrication and installation, and also introduce visual dynamism across a uniform structural system. The vertical envelope is composed of panels of plywood, CNC-cut to optimise material use from standard sheet sizes and resourcefully arranged creating a distinctive character. The resulting building was completed within five months of construction commencing, and despite flexibility and relocation being a strong factor of the original design brief, the Incubator will remain permanently in its current location.
▼使用交叉层压木材（CLT）的屋顶天花板、单板层积材（LVL）大跨度梁，与V型胶合板柱子构成建筑盒式结构体系，a ceiling diaphragm of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), large span Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams and Glulam V columns would form the cassettes ©Brett Boardman
▼屋檐细节，eave detail ©Brett Boardman
▼建筑入口，entrance area ©Brett Boardman
▼木材为主的室内空间，interior space with timber as the main material ©Brett Boardman
The Incubator is designed to be 100% reusable therefore, sustainability was key to the design approach; selection of materials; fabrication of modular timber cassettes; installation of the structural system and strategy for services. The mechanical solution is designed to benefit from external conditions, providing assisted natural ventilation to the spaces for more than 60% of the year as required, and tempering incoming air in peak seasons to maintain a comfortable environment. This is aided by the building’s form with the overhanging roof and solid façade elements minimising external solar and heat gains. Other sustainable initiatives include, the installation of photovoltaic roof system supplying 65% of the electricity required for the operation, and rainwater run-off being captured for irrigation.
▼可持续性是设计、材料选择、模块化木材盒式体系、结构系统安装和设备服务策略的重要原则，sustainability was key to the design approach; selection of materials; fabrication of modular timber cassettes; installation of the structural system and strategy for services ©Brett Boardman
孵化器是Macquarie大学借助合作、研究、发明和高品质可持续性建筑设计推进社会进步的范例。Macquarie大学不动产管理主管Mark Broomfield 说：“孵化器是我所见过的，在业主、设计师、承包商和分包商之间创意合作最优秀的案例之一。我们一同在预算内，按时并以超出所有人期望的品质完成了这一富有远见的项目。” Macquarie大学Corporate Engagement and Advancement代理副校长，David Wilkinson教授说：“事实上，每个人都喜欢这座有着内在的影响力的建筑，初创企业对入驻这一空间的需求量十分令人惊讶。”
The Incubator is a demonstration that Macquarie University is facilitating societal advancement through partnerships, through research, through invention and through high quality sustainable architectural design. “The Incubator is one of the best examples of innovative collaboration between client, designer, contractor and subcontractors that I’ve ever seen. Together we delivered a visionary project within budget, on-time and to a quality that exceeded everyone’s expectations.” Mark Broomfield, Director of Property, Macquarie University. “The reality is that everyone loves the building and it has a visceral impact. The demand for start-ups to come into the space is overwhelming”. Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Corporate Engagement and Advancement, Macquarie University.
▼建筑夜景，night scene ©Brett Boardman
Project Name: Macquarie University Incubator
Completion date: 1/8/2017.
Project Address: 8 Hadenfeld Ave, Macquarie University, NSW 2109 Australia
Project suburb: Macquarie Park
Total project cost (not for publication): $9.3million
Gross floor area (not for publication): 1360m2
Project practice: Architectus
Practice name for publication: Architectus Contributor #1: Luke Johnson, Role: Principal Contributor #2: Nick Elias, Role: Project Leader Contributor #3: Angel Yi Zhang, Role: Architect Contributor #4: John Jeffrey, Architect
Contributor #5: Hope Dryden, Graduate Architect Contributor #6: Taija Love, Role: Student Architect
Principal builder name: Tim Calpito Builder business name: Lipman
Project Manager: Root Partnership Structural and Civil: ARUP Structural: TTW Structural Mechanical / Electrical / AV: ARUP Hydraulics / Fire Services: ARUP Fire Engineering: ARUP
Acoustic Engineer: ARUP
Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership