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  7. Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio

Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2014
Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio
Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio, ©  Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

©  Peter Bennetts ©  Peter Bennetts ©  Peter Bennetts ©  Peter Bennetts +68

  • Architects

  • Location

    Queensland, Australia
  • Design Team

    Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, Mark Bagguley, Jenna Al-Ali, Ting-Na Chen, Lorene Faure, Yang Yu, Tim Culverhouse
  • General Contractor

    ADCO, Gold Coast
  • Structural

    Arup, Brisbane
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Sketch by Sir Peter Cook
Sketch by Sir Peter Cook

From the architect. The Abedian School of Architecture is located on the campus designed in the 1980s by Arata Isozaki. It forms part of the Faculty of Architecture and Sustainable Design. Winning the competition in January 2011, CRAB was awarded the contract and the building was completed in 2013.

©  Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Peter Cook’s and Gavin Robotham’s long experience as teachers of architecture and their regular working knowledge of several including the Bartlett, AA, Harvard, SCI-ARC, Columbia, Frankfurt and UCLA enabled them to incorporate a response to many anecdotal criteria as well as constructional and climatic objectives.

©  Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The building is a long, airy loft on two to three levels articulated by a series of ‘scoops’: defining structure-enclosures that can be used for casual meetings and ‘crit’ sessions. These line the central street that gently rises up the hilltop site. As befits a hot and sometimes sticky climate, the building is airy and folds over upon itself in a series of fan-like roofs and slits with advantage is taken of the east-west axis to clarify a very climate-controlled development of the building envelope that includes sunshade ‘eyebrows’ on the sundrenched north side.

©  Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The Abedian School of Architecture is CRAB’S second University building. As with their other work, the sociology and sense of ‘theatre’, of small, intimate groups within institutions, the importance of the non-curricula moments – and a ‘sense of theatre’ – all run through the project which is taken right through to their design of its colourful and highly flexible furniture.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio" 13 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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parvane · February 24, 2014

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ilker Eynur · January 16, 2014

i'm really happy to see wonderful Project. I hope so, that Project help us to create the best projects. My best wish is that Project to win awards around the World :)

shabnam · January 16, 2014

i wish i could use these interior walls to climb as a rock climber :D that would be a great idea :D

hau · January 14, 2014

style of Richard Mayer.H

Becca Liu · January 14, 2014

love all the sketches by Sir Peter Cook. They're hilarious, well done :D

nastaran · January 14, 2014

nice job..
can i ask you,which of software do you use for presentation?
is it archicad or something else?

Alexandre · January 30, 2014 03:59 PM

I would also like to know which software was used here...


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