ANU Canberra School of Art

Completed
1981

Location
ANU, Canberra

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.

Awards:
RAIA National
Sir Zelman Cowan Award
RAIA (ACT Chapter)
Canberra Medallion