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University of New South Wales Law Building / Lyons

  • Architects: Lyons
  • Location: Kensignton Campus, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
  • Architects: Lyons
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: John Gollings Photography

© John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography

From the architect. The Faculty of Law building is a new addition to the University of New South Wales’ Kensington campus and delivers a new and innovative learning and research facility for the University’s Faculty of Law and Taxation.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

Located on a high profile site on University Mall, the new 11,500 sqm four level building reflects the pedagogical model of this School of Law and through its form contributes to the urban definition of the landscaped Mall space.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The building has been designed as a low rise structure to promote maximum interactivity between occupants in the building – staff, students and visitors. The building also provides strong connections back to the broader campus and to the public realm beyond.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

Light filled atria spaces, open staircases and landscaped courtyard spaces enhance this visual interconnectivity, providing a high amenity work and study environment for Law and University users.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The design is structured around a central ‘agora’ space which connects all levels of the building and provides a place for formal and informal meeting and exchange.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The Law library, located over two levels, is the symbolic and functional heart of the new building. This daylit space allows students and academic staff to study and undertake research in a purpose designed setting overlooking the treed environment of University Mall.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The ground floor includes a 350 seat auditorium and two horseshoe shaped learning spaces for formal and discursive learning. Other teaching spaces include flexible, flat floor spaces with movable disking and seating to reflect a variety of pedagogical models and learning styles.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

Externally the building presents a distinctive ‘pavilion’ form to University Mall with a single folded wall and roof profile. This form reflects one of the principal concepts for the new building – ‘one Faculty, one building’.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The building embodies a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives including mixed mode air-conditioning to the office spaces, selection of materials and finishes for low embodied energy and engineering systems and architectural design features which minimise energy consumption.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The building represents new thinking in Law School design. As a contemporary and progressive building it supports and enhances the learning and research work of the School and provides a flexible long term asset for the University.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan
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