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Medical Science 2

Medical Science 2 (MS2) is the second stage of the Medical Science Precinct, a joint project of the Menzies Research Institute, Tasmania, the Faculty of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), via the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), to build an integrated health research facility in Hobart.

Practical completion for MS2 was achieved in May 2013.


The image shows MS2 in the foreground with MS2 on the right. Photography by John Gollings.

View video of 3D building model.

The development of the contour form for the secondary sun-shading elements of MS2 has been based on the idea of Hobart's topography, which was conceptually used for the fenestration of MS1.

The combined first and second stages, and the refurbished Hollydene House, collectively known as the Medical Science Precinct, provide:

  • Faculty of Health teaching facilities for over 1000 undergraduate students
  • Menzies Research Institute laboratories
  • 2 lecture theatres (1 x 170 seat and 1 x 250 seat)
  • Office and laboratory accommodation for 450 staff and postgraduate students
  • A café servicing up to 150 patrons inside and outside on the landscaped podium
  • Support facilities for undergraduate students.

The geographical proximity of the Medical Science Precinct to the RHH facilitates the evolving relationships between these organisations, creating a vibrant medical precinct in the centre of Hobart.

Funding for the MS2 project has been provided by the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Health and Ageing (Health and Hospitals Fund); the Tasmanian State Government; the Atlantic Philanthropies; and the University of Tasmania.

Medical Science 1

Stage 1 (MS1) of the Medical Science Precinct was completed in December 2009 and has been occupied since that time. The facility provides for biomedical, epidemiological, and clinical research.

Medical Science 1 features abstract design references to mountains, water, and cells, particularly in the facade and entry design, giving the building a distinctive urban iconography. (Photo: D. Snape.)