THE ARCHITECTURE OFFICE:
ARCHITECTURE (verb) : cultural endeavour, professional service.
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UTS GREAT HALL

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Our design for the Great Hall and Balcony Room at the University of Technology Sydney [UTS] has created a dramatic new identity for the most important ceremonial space on campus. The signature element of the project is “The Mantle”, a fluid skin of perforated aluminium comprising more than 1000 unique facets. The Mantle lines the ceiling and walls, integrating lighting, audio-visual, fire and mechanical services into a dynamic whole, breathing new life into the space.
Beyond the initial brief we proposed “The Balcony Room”, a soaring reception space annexed to the Hall that capitalises on a commanding view across the future Alumni Green. The Balcony Room adapts a previously underused terrace, enclosing it to provide a link between the main building foyer and the rich, warm interior. – Photography © Brett Boardman [all rights reserved]

PROJECT: UTS Great Hall and Balcony Room
LOCATION: Broadway, Ultimo, Sydney.
YEAR: 2010 ~ 2011.
CLIENT: University of Technology , Sydney
GROSS FLOOR AREA: 1,985 sqm
VALUE: $8.5M AUD
TEAM: [DRAW] John de Manincor, Adam Russell, Fransisco Layson, Lorraine Yip, Zana Wright, Raffaello Rosselli, Nick Sargent, Leisa Tough.
COLLABORATORS: Design Development / Documentation: Kann Finch Group (Collaborating Architects), Steensen Varming (Environment / Mechanical / Electrical /Lighting), Audio Systems Logic (Acoustics), Simpson Design Associates (Structure), Warren Smith and Partners (Hydraulics/Fire), Blackett Maguire + Goldsmith (BCA), Aquenta (Cost Planner), Philip Chun (Fire Engineering), The Mack Group (Commercial Kitchen)
BUILDER: Lipman.
FACADE: Facade Innovations
MANTLE: Facade Innovations
FACADE ENGINEER: Surface Design
DETAILED MANTLE MODELLING : AR-MA
PHOTOGRAPHY: © Brett Boardman [all rights reserved]

 

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LINKS:
Interview with John de Manincor and Adam Russell
See the space in use shot by Anna Zhu
2011 School of Design Show
Shapeshifters: The New Creatives
UTS Innovative Pharmacist of The Year Ball.

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