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The University of Adelaide Plant Accelerator

in association with h2o architects

The University of Adelaide Plant Accelerator has recently commenced operation as Australia's largest research Greenhouse. The facility has been designed by H2o Architects (Melbourne) and Phillips/Pilkington Architects and covers 4,485 square metres, with an upper Greenhouse level over a lower support area. The facility's water and power requirements have been tempered by sustainable initiatives including large roof water catchments and mechanical plant water recycling and a future CoGen system. The Greenhouse manipulates temperature, venting, humidity, air velocity, shading, light type and light quantity. Red toned colours have been chosen to enliven the internal spaces, contrasting with the green plants.

 Awards:    RAIA (SA) Keith Neighbour Award for 
                    Commercial Architecture, 2010
                    RAIA(SA) Commendation - 
                    Sustainable Architecture, 2010 

Project Value: $20m 
Completed 2009