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The beautiful timber design of the University of Wollongong Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Processing and Devices (P&D) Building (now you understand the need for initials) is the work of SKM-S2F Architects with construction by Baulderstone. Located in North Wollongong, Australia (between Sydney and Canberra), the AIIM building links two state-of-the-art research buildings and houses the University’s Electron Microscopy Center. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing the timber design is also functional in that the electron microscopes that it houses are very sensitive to their operating environment. In order to avoid electromagnetic interference, the structural elements had to be non-ferrous, being the reason that a timber structure was chosen for the design. And what a great design it is!
Pacific Teak wood was used on the top half of the building while Spotted Gum was used on the bottom. The intention is for the building to weather and grey by Summer 2012.