NCSS by Bates Smart Architects


Bates Smart recently completed The National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS), a spectacular building that celebrates the science of light through the art of architecture.

The visually alluring new visitor centre takes its cue from the Australian Synchrotron’s international role as a sophisticated, high technology research facility using light as a medium.

Providing both a gateway and new public face for the campus of the Australian Synchrotron, the contemporary, innovative and intelligent architecture for the Centre is a confident symbol and celebration of the Synchrotron’s ground-breaking work.

The world-renowned research produced by the facility is achieved through the creation and transmission of ‘high brilliance’ light. The innovations achieved through the research include improved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Light is the fundamental basis for the Australian Synchrotron’s scientific activity and so light, both natural and artificial, is the inspiration for the architecture.


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