NBRS ARCHITECTURE has transformed one of the oldest structures on Macquarie University’s campus – the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Mitchell building. The project implements a new style of working space for academics that has the dual function of providing areas for individual research, as well as promoting collective and collaborative learning.
设计概述 | The Brief
The vision for the refurbishment was to create an energy and space efficient contemporary workspace that encourages collaboration whilst respecting the historical, social and aesthetic significance of the building.
By revitalising the existing fabric NBRS enhanced the appearance of the building, improved street presence and created a sense of arrival to the University’s main courtyard.
▼校园中的新形象，a new presence in the campus
A new bright and airy 3 storey glazed atrium provides a physical link between the 8 storey Mitchell (E7A) building and the adjacent E7B. The atrium is activated with a café and provides space for individual research as well as promoting the chance encounter and collaborative learning. The development of the rooftop also provides a multi-functional seminar space.
▼对旧立面的保留显著降低了碳排放量，retention of the existing façade significantly reduced carbon impact
可持续特征 | Sustainability Features
To help support the University’s One Planet ecological footprint target, sustainability was key to the project. Retention of the existing façade significantly reduced carbon impact, high performance glazing has reduced solar heat gain and the use of natural ventilation has been maximised throughout.
Andrew Duffin, Design Director at NBRS said: “The renewal and space upgrade of the Mitchell building is a perfect example of the benefits of retrofitting rather than rebuilding. By unlocking the potential of the existing building, we have provided a more sustainable, comfortable and productive workspace for the next generation of academics.”
“We are proud to have assisted the University with their goal of creating a vibrant and sustainable campus that supports the academic pursuits of its students and staff.”
▼夜间概览，exterior view by night