Designing on a sensitive site: Oxford University’s Beecroft Building

The design for theoretical and experimental physics research at University of Oxford achieved planning consent on one of the most sensitive sites in Oxford. Designed by Hawkins\Brown, the university’s vision was for a collaborative working environment that would sit alongside cutting edge laboratories. Architect’s statement The site allotted for the new building presented a number […]

FMSA Architecture creates Australia’s first ‘scenario-based’ family violence training centre

The centre, which is designed by FMSA Architecture for Victoria Police, includes Australia’s first scenario training and simulation spaces dedicated to training those on the front-line of family violence. Located in Melbourne’s Glen Waverley, the new centre aims to provide police with a life-like training environment to better help them deal with family violence. It includes contemporary […]

Gray Puksand on the design challenges of Prahran’s vertical school

Located on “perhaps the most constricted site with which any of the design teams have had to deal,” designing the four-storey Prahran high school was not without its challenges. The school, which will house 650 students, is one of a crop of vertical schools in Melbourne and with an extremely limited amount of land, required […]

Designing with students rather than for them: Rockford Public School

To create Rockford Public Schools’ new K-5 prototype school in the US, CannonDesign worked collaboratively with its students to achieve a design outcome that truly meets their needs. During discovery meetings with the school principal, the design team learned the school district holds ‘morning briefings’ with their students, many of whom have disadvantageous, difficult and even […]