2012 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
University of Auckland - Grafton Campus - New Boyle Building and Atrium and Refurbishment of Buildin
In the architectural equivalent of open-heart surgery, vertical and silo-stacked teaching spaces have been unclogged to provide horizontal and transparent modern educational learning environments. A new atrium, in which a green snake of a staircase serves as a unifying physical and visual thread, creates an organisational axis for the medical campus. The new architecture has been successfully integrated with 1970s Brutalist buildings to revivify an important academic institution. The architects’ thoroughgoing commitment to sustainable design is evident in the building’s planning, operation and material selection.