Several new galleries have been created within the building, many built-in, providing maximum opportunity for the showcasing of student work. The planning of the building encourages interplay between budding artists, designers and architects, between staff and students, and between the schools and the community.
The challenge of creating architecture that houses the study of architecture was resolved by elaborating the building’s construction. Rather than offering students a symbolic representation of assembly, the craft of assembly is on display. The construction process is legible, demonstrating the creative potential of economical and robust fabrication techniques.
The unique properties of precast and insitu concrete are emphasised and juxtaposed throughout the buildings. The super-white precast panels exploit the precision and high level of finish achievable with this technology, as well as the serial nature of a panellised façade. The insitu concrete is left grey, and made to cantilever, incline and distort, the characteristics of this material explored.