The International Centre of Graphic Technology

This explanatory building explores the expressive characteristics of academia and printing technology.

It completes the campus frontage and exhibits its purpose with both its industrial elements and educational processes on continual display. The program of the training workshop spaces are set on two levels, each dedicated to the teaching of separate printing processes.

A continuous concourse provides a thoroughfare to each space and the central open area of the campus. The open glazed concourse also provides a venue for the exhibition and celebration of student work.

All areas on the first floor are linked via a single suspended walkway that is formed as a constant strand spanning the length of the building. The necessity of this spatial arrangement is developed into a building profile that expresses characteristics like that of an industrial extrusion.

The two ends of the building to the north and south are treated as cut ends of this extruded strand with all of the characteristics of the interior revealed as if sliced to a required length.

The west elevation comprises  massive concrete columns on the ground floor which are set within an uninterrupted low level glazed curtain wall, exposing the systems and printing machinery of the training workshops. On the first floor repeated concrete precast panels are interrupted only by a few discrete insertions, characterising the spaces within.

Jointing repeated between each precast panel provides an interlocking shape suggestive of a finely detailed mortice.

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John Wardle Architects, Demaine Partnership
Commendation for Public buildings.  Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards. - Public buildings category.  Du Pont Antron Design Awards. - William Wardell Award: New institutional building category.  Royal Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter.
“Accommodating studios, workshops and student amenities, the robust facility draws on printing as a metaphor, exploring the expressive characteristics of academia and the processes of the printing industry.” The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture


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