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The new School of Architecture at the Gold Coast’s Bond University is to be designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of Crab Studio, in association with Australian architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient Brit Andresen.
The design team has won the competition to design the new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, which will focus on ecologically and socially sustainable design. The new addition to the campus, which was masterplanned in the 1980s by Daryl Jackson, will be attached to the University’s School of Sustainable Development.
The team’s design features concrete scoops that allow light into the interior, while protecting the space from direct sunlight. The scoops would provide areas for study and teaching including crits, demonstrations, experiments and constructions.
Inside, a curving spinal interior route connects the open social spaces to the offices and laboratories. Studios and larger spaces meet the terraced deck outside.
The design provides a sheltered northern aspect, and a facade featuring fluted timber and panel surfaces. The building design takes natural climatic cooling into consideration, and is designed to meet a 6-star green rating.
Crab Studio said of the project: We wish to create a very ambient building where the individual can really identify with the nature of his or her activity. Therefore the components of the building the pads and scoops each have notable shifts of direction or size.
The wrapping of the building is a softer progression. Undulating in plan and sheltering from direct northern light, and filtering southern light into the interior, it avoids glare and overheating.
Images courtesy Crab Studio