The new School of Art buildings reinterpret the 1940s model of the old high school. Studios, workshops, apartments and an art gallery are added to this two-storey Art Deco block which symmetrically straddles the street axis. The additions form a series of open and closed work spaces, recalling Canberra’s urban garden setting. The plan celebrates the role of the street address axis, while a primary circulatory spine organises and connects the old and new. A red plinth with white bagged and painted brick walls keys the college to the ground plane; the window designs extrapolate a pattern from the existing proportions; and a recessed frieze at the height of the existing entablature offers juxtaposition.
Sir Zelman Cowan Award
RAIA (ACT Chapter)