DESIGN CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES

01

HERITAGE AREAS AND THE PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE

  • Respecting the heritage of the site, including local flora, fauna and the heritage railway easement.
02

SCALE AND URBAN FORM

  • To provide a scale of development appropriate to the site on Constitution Ave.
  • To understand the scale of the new buildings’ effect on amenity of the site and its context, including acoustic, solar and view impacts.
03

LANDSCAPE MICROCLIMATE

  • Reference, enhance and make accessible the natural beauty of the landscape setting through the senses – sight, sound and touch.
04

MATERIAL AND DETAIL

  • Complement the materiality of the natural landscape.
05

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Harness the natural potential of the site to provide a highly sustainable approach which is communicated through both passive designs, building systems and the realisation of the design.
06

FLEXBILITY AND DIVERSITY

  • Provide a variety of internal and external spaces which can be used for a number of activities.
  • Provide diversity in setting to support the pedagogy.
07

COLLABORATION

  • Provide opportunities for meeting, gathering and collaboration through shared spaces.
08

ECONOMY AND VALUE

  • Consideration of the selection of services systems to provide value in life cycle costing.
  • Consideration of material selection for durability and appropriateness for the environment.
  • Future Proofing.
09

GEOMETRY AND ADDRESS

  • Understand the importance of UNSW Canberra’s campus on Constitution Ave to provide cues for building and landscape design.
10

LEGIBILITY AND IDENTITY

  • Provide a clear and legible organisation to assist way-finding and orientation.

5 planning steps

  • 01
    SITE analysis

    Surveys, geotechnical, hazardous materials, fauna, archaeology & indigenous, local context, microclimate, planning requirements, initial stakeholder and community consultation.

  • 02
    analysis OF BRIEF

    Compilation and analysis of information gathered through site analysis.

  • 03
    DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN PRINCIPLES

    A clear set of design principles which will be applied across all phases of the project which relate to urban context and functional brief aspirations.

  • 04
    DEVELOPMENT OF SITE STRATEGIES

    Application of the findings of the brief analysis onto the site.

  • 05
    DEVELOPMENT OF SITE CONCEPTS

    Translations of the site strategies and the functional analysis into design concepts.