Architecture: Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Sep 1, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Brett Boardman
  • Designer
  • Architect Cox Architecture

Converging new media changed the way it was even possible to think about architecture for the new Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.

Designed by Cox Richardson and located adjacent to Fox Studios in The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park in Sydney, the organising principal of the design for AFTRS is driven by the convergence of technology within the media industry.

The new building has given the school the opportunity to restructure to align with, and acknowledge, these technology-driven shifts.

The design creates a lively but coherent campus, one where all departments were actively engaged in the life of the school and both students and academics have been spared the ‘siloed’ environments common to education buildings.

As Australia’s pre-eminent tertiary education provider for professional Media Studies, the school integrates teaching and administrative spaces coupled with technical teaching spaces, comprising film/television, radio and recording studios, theatres, post-production facilities and editing suites, and a publicly accessible media resource centre, cinema and café on a 1100sqm footprint.

Overall, the building presents as a highly active and lively campus, sitting comfortably within the surrounding scale of the public domain.

*Team* Design/Project Director: Joe Agius; Project Architect: Alex Small; Team: Michael Bradburn, Ingrid Kelly, Monica Edwards

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