2008 • CSIRO Plant Phenomics Building Black Mountain ACT SoHI

PREPARATION OF A STATEMENT OF HERITAGE IMPACT FOR THE CSIRO PLANT PHENOMICS BUILDING An Heritage Impact Assessment [HIA] was prepared at the request of S2F Architects Pty Ltd, consultants to the CSIRO Black Mountain, for the National Phenomics High Resolution Centre project, which was to be developed at the former Phytotron building within the CSIRO Black Mountain campus.The Phytotron is important for its association with the designer Roy Grounds. Although not a major example of the Post-War modern architectural styles or Ground’s architectural work, it well demonstrates Ground’s design skills with its innovative laboratory functional features and the modern style architectural expression of the building with its smooth wall surfaces and cubiform patterning to the sun-hoods.  The building has also been identified by the AIA as having potential heritage significance. 

1962 photograph of the Plant Phenomics building