The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) pursues multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work to advance understanding of our nearby marine and Antarctic environments. Retaining the shed vernacular of the Hobart waterfront, IMAS’s design detail also evokes the patterning of the Antarctic wilderness.

Inside this multi-award winning building you’ll find out why IMAS is a world-leading science and educational institution. The ground floor foyer, lecture theatre, exhibition space and a mobile aquarium for the kids will be open 10am–4pm. Guided tours depart hourly and take in the architectural and sustainability features of the buildings. Plus there’s a family session on phytoplankton as well as a presentation by Terroir’s Scott Balmforth and guests about the construction of one of Hobart’s new architectural icons.

Address: 20 Castray Esplanade, Hobart

Highlights: Cutting-edge architecture and work environments, interactive displays

Building specs: Type: Educational. Year Built: 2013. Architects: John Wardle Architects + Terroir, in association

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