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University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today

University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today

The wait is almost over for students and employees of the University of Sydney as completion of the highly anticipated Social Sciences building was announced today. The modern and highly sustainable design embraces its heritage context of the Camperdown campus, honouring the legacy of one of Australia’s oldest universities.

Contemporary teaching and learning spaces have been created to encourage collaborative learning through the creation of large light filled open-plan spaces, a design choice made to inspire a sense of faculty community, and inclusiveness.

The design also reflects the University’s commitment to “invention and evolution” by using technological advancements to produce a highly eco-conscious design which meets the University’s Silver As-Built Rating (which is equivalent to a 5 Star Green Star Rating). Features include a well-insulated façade made from metallic bronze-coasted interstitial Sefar micro-mesh interlayer laminated into Okalux Architectural glass. Not only does this create an incredible optical effect, but it also provides excellent thermal protection and encourages natural light flow into the building.

“We were tasked with designing a transformational building that would integrate its landscape and heritage context to present a new public identity to Parramatta Road, and a sympathetic heritage backdrop when viewed from within the campus. The design was required to respond with a simple and innovative response to a demanding functional brief, with high environmental and social sustainability performance.”

Jeremy Deale, Principal at Architectus

Art installations throughout the University provide cultural connection to the building's historical significance, traditional owners and faculty. A feature piece emblazoned on the granite façade of the building is a work by Robert Andrew entitled ‘GARABARA’. Garabara is the term for an Australian Aboriginal dance ceremony or gathering where stories are told, and knowledge is passed on to younger generations.

“It was vital to create a modern facility that both compliments the neighbouring heritage listed buildings, as well as developing a new and innovative building.”

Jeremy Deale, Principal at Architectus

University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today
  • University of Sydney’s highly anticipated Social Sciences building by Architectus opens today

Olivia Round

Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of urban.com.au. Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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