CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
photo by rix ryan photography
all images © CRAB studio

 

 

 

located in queensland, australia, bond university’s ‘abedian school of architecture‘ has been completed by CRAB studio, a competition winning design by the renowned london-based practice. the environmentally sustainable scheme protects against the region’s hot climate, establishing a comfortable and ambient building which encourages its occupants to interact, debate and socialize.

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
the environmentally sustainable scheme protects against the region’s hot climate
photo by peter bennetts

 

 

 

set across three levels, a central avenue cuts through the plan, gently rising to subtly echo the topography of the site’s surroundings. from this street the faculty’s studios and communal zones spread out onto a terraced deck – which itself melts into a hillside garden. the broad internal path then dives beneath the quiet study strip and continues past a series of concrete ‘scoops’. these structure defining areas are used for casual meetings in addition to the university’s various crit sessions.

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
sun-shading across the northern façade avoids glare and over-heating
photo by peter bennetts

 

 

 

again using their experience as teachers of architecture, sir peter cook and gavin robotham placed an emphasis on the non-curricula events that take place inside the building. a clear system and layout, interspersed with deliberate idiosyncrasies, such as the scoops, allows for a sense of theater and intrigue, while bright and colorful furniture add a sense of theater and vitality. the result is a dynamic and functional scheme, where the school’s occupants can readily identify with the nature of their activity, both individually and collectively.

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
vertical columns support an overhanging roof protecting the design from direct sunlight
photo by peter bennetts

 

 

 

the building’s orientation reduces the exposure of the north, east and west facing walls and windows, where each opening is sheltered and protected from the region’s strong and direct sunlight. the fan-like roofs take advantage of the scheme’s east-west axis, bringing natural light into the heart of the design, while the climate controlled envelope includes sun-shading across its northern façade in order to avoid glare and over-heating.

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
a central avenue cuts through the plan, gently rising to subtly echo the topography of the site’s surroundings
photos by peter bennetts

 

 

 

main circulation areas act as thermal buffers, encouraging the natural movement of air along the length of the building, and simultaneously reducing the need for mechanical air conditioning. additionally, the concrete structure’s thermal mass absorbs heat during the day, returning the warmth to the school environment during the evening and at night when the surroundings are generally cooler.

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
structure defining concrete scoops are used for casual meetings in addition to the university’s various crit sessions
photos by peter bennetts

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
the school’s occupants can readily identify with the nature of their activity, both individually and collectively
photos by peter bennetts

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
circulation areas act as thermal buffers, encouraging the natural movement of air
photos by peter bennetts

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
brightly lit communal area at ground floor level
photo by peter bennetts

CRAB studio finalizes abedian school of architecture
‘abedian school of architecture’ illuminated at night
photo by rix ryan photography

 

 

project info:

 

client: bond university
type: educational
location: queensland, australia
budget: $16,200,000 AUD
area:  2,500 sqm (26,910 sqf)
primary team: sir peter cook and gavin robotham, mark bagguley, jenna al-ali, ting-na chen, lorene faure, yang yu, tim culverhouse
general contractor and project management: ADCO, gold coast
structural and environmental engineers: arup, brisbane
completed: november, 2013