This project will provide a new veterinary teaching hospital and research centre at Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests. Located at the university’s Koronivia Campus, the facility will offer walk-in veterinary services to the public, along with supporting PC2 rated laboratory spaces to facilitate research and teaching. The project forms a key part of FNU’s strategy to position Fiji as a leader in the field of veterinary science within the South Pacific region.
The project has been sited in order to provide a new address and identity for FNU’s Koronivia campus. The highly functional “machine” of hospital and laboratory is wrapped in a shaded colonnade which establishes primary circulation routes within the broader campus in addition to providing spaces for outdoor learning and incidental gathering. The colonnade also offers respite from the intense sun and afternoon monsoons experienced in the tropics. Reflecting the rough cast concrete used in many of Fiji’s public buildings, its painted super graphic recalls the joyful colour experienced in Fijian art, clothing and residential construction.
This project was done in collaboration with Vokes and Peters and Maisuria Design (Fiji)