Two Macquarie University projects recognised for design excellence

5 November 2018

The Macquarie University Incubator has won the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Architecture Award for Education 2018, the National Architecture Awards are one of the most prestigious in the Australian design and construction industry. It has also won the Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Construction Awards, Tertiary Buildings up to $10m, 2018. In association with Lipman.

Architectus Principal, Luke Johnson said: “It is an honour to be recognised as a leader in national education design by the peak body of the architectural profession in Australia.”

The Macquarie University Incubator was designed to adapt to the changing needs of its users, create a space for collaboration and innovation, and a relocatable building.

Timber was selected as the main construction material for its capacity to be beautifully engineered, swiftly fabricated to high quality, and for its potential for future dis-assembly and relocation.

“The Incubator is one of the best examples of innovative collaboration between client, designer, contractor and subcontractors that I’ve ever seen. Together we delivered a visionary project within budget, on-time and to a quality that exceeded everyone’s expectations.” Mark Broomfield, Director of Property, Macquarie University.

Macquarie University Incubator has won eleven awards since its completion in July 2017.

Macquarie University is on a winning streak, with the Macquarie University MAZE C7A winning the Gold Award Built Environment in the Education category, at the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) SA/NT Chapter Awards 2018.

Architectus transformed 6000 sqm of space at Macquarie University’s Building C7A into a temporary staff and student hub, incorporating the conversion of the original campus library and levels 3, 4 and 5. The project, designed to last five years, provided an opportunity to challenge the current paradigms for student and staff environments.

The DIA Awards Jury noted, “a fascinating experimental project supporting lived student culture and the university experience. Taking the modern hubs, work and collaboration spaces and reworking these into a living laboratory; a testing ground for new ideas in working and learning. The concept, direction and delivery excite in every facet while providing a great experience for every user; C7A MAZE is a refreshing antidote to generic university spaces.” 

C7A is the first of a series of projects designed by Architectus set to transform the Central Courtyard precinct at Macquarie University.

Macquarie University Incubator

Macquarie University MAZE C7A