UON Alumni House

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
Sam Crawford Architects in partnership with Curious Practice were invited to participate in a two-stage competitive process to design Alumni House for the University of Newcastle (UON). Alumni House subverts the traditional streetscape of governmental buildings that bound Civic Park by inverting traditionally inward-facing educational spaces and softening the streetscape border to blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors. Just as the Awabakal people would inhabit different sites according to the seasons, Alumni House uses passive design principles to modify and strengthen the relationship with the natural environment and reduce the requirement for air conditioning. Alumni House responds to and respects the site while delivering a vision for the future that is grounded in the ideas of connection, community, conversation, commitment and celebration.

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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Applicant and authors of the project
Sam Crawford Architects.
Established in 1999, Sam Crawford Architects (SCA) is a design driven architectural practice based in Sydney, Australia. Over the last 22 years, we have established a well-earned reputation for design excellence in residential, cultural and public projects. Our work has been widely published, nationally and internationally and has been recognised in numerous local, state and national awards.
Project Sam Crawford Architects in collaboration with Curious Practice.
SCA Project Team: Sam Crawford, Jarad Grice, Shane Marshall, Janani Premchandh, Justin Pak

Other participants
Services Engineers – Northrop
Landscape Architect – Aspect Studios
Access Consultant – Morris Goding Access Consulting
Photo Renders - Wayne Finucane, Virtual Vision & Curious Practice
Client - University of Newcastle