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Client: Private

Location: Adelaide

Completion: <year>



Dimitty Andersen

Tin Fenton  

Kym Barwell

The design considers the following:

  • Connection at lower level and upper level to existing floor levels

  • Easy movement throughout building and across learning areas

  • Public facing entry to the South of the building for visitors, exhibitions, day to day in and out

  • Celebration of the abundant natural context of the site views, trees, connection to landscape

  • Recognition of the existing architectural quality and signature of the existing Art Building with some angles and materials

  • Recognition of the character of the existing buildings in materials and scale

  • Design solution that celebrates craft, design, artistry and industry in its materials, composition and detail

  • Spatial sizes and relationships that facilitate flexibility of use now and into the future

  • Design that is dynamic, generous and engaging to inspire students and staff

  • Spaces that are or high amenity, that are comfortable and uplifting for staff and students to spend their time

  • Campus style design that celebrates staff and students “learning together”


We have considered sustainability from the earliest stages of the design process. We will also work with a specialist consultant to maximise thermal performance of the building and reduce environmental impact over lifetime of the building. Key sustainability initiatives for Concept Design:

  • Leaving large trees in place on the site

  • Orientation of the internal “public space” to the North façade of the building to maximise shared solar gains

  • Consideration of concrete and other internal “mass” to receive solar heat gain in winter with low sun angles

  • Window shading inherent in design of masonry external façade. Will be developed with specialist engineering services in the Sketch Design phase to model heat gain and loss

  • Reduction of windows on West and reduction of exposed glazing generally

  • Maximising Southern light in teaching spaces for daylight “even light” (not sunlight)

  • Consideration of natural light to all spaces. Ideally multiple sources of natural light for each space

  • Consideration of long views out of the building to landscape beyond

  • Promotion of interior views with transparency across teaching spaces and to external landscape

  • Northern facing skylight to capture heat and sunlight into building in winter

  • Potential to install PV cells which may provide power for internal thermal systems

  • Can consider “night purge” and other initiatives in future refinements

  • Reuse of components of existing building repurposed to reduce waste and acknowledge legacy of previous Architect

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