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School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Sydney

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School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering had been spread across two neighbouring, but disjointed 1960s buildings. Our vision was to create a design that reinforced the key principles established by the original buildings in a confident and contemporary manner while uniting the group of adjacent buildings through carefully considered massing and design expressions.

The additional building activates the interconnecting lane by addressing the pedestrian scale, and provides a generous entrance to help create a fitting link between the two buildings.

Natural-ventilation was a primary consideration in the new addition and, having been integrated from the outset, is strongly reflected in the architectural form.

Within the administration building, a new central stair now links Willis Lane, the existing lift lobbies and internal circulation routes, with the new teaching and staff areas.

A full refurbishment and upgrade to the buildings has reconfigured the academic, staff and research areas - providing access to daylight and natural ventilation and promoting greater collaboration and knowledge sharing between staff and students and across various programmes.

Client
University of New South Wales

Area
Administration Building 7,200 sqm; Willis Annexe 5,400 sqm

Completion
2015

Awards


Ainsworth Building, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW
A new building unites a school and marks the beginning of a new era