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   -   Commendation in Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings

Sidney Myer Asia Centre - University of Melbourne
by Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects



The Sidney Myer Asia Centre is a multi-purpose building that responds to a range of functions to serve the needs of both University teaching and exhibition space and the headquarters of an education/ business group, Asialink. The building is located on the major entry axis to the University and will form the southern edge of a masterplanned principal entry forecourt to be realised in due course and in accordance with the University masterplan. The teaching facilities support the needs of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and

Societies and incorporates a 500 seat lecture theatre, language laboratories, general teaching spaces and research bases for PHD students together with the necessary staff offices. The building area of 5,700 m2 has five levels on Swanston Street with the theatre located in the basement below. The creation of the basement theatre provided an opportunity to create a landscaped ramp connection diagonally through the site from a new major grassed open spaced to connect to University buildings to the south that previously were isolated.

Parkville, VIC
Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects
(02) 9269 0755
Project Team
Project architect: Mr. Joseph Paonessa, Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects
Design architect: Mr. Robert Nation, Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects
Project manager: Mr. Ian Martin, University of Melbourne
Structural consultant: Mr. Brendon McNiven, Ove Arup & Partners
Civil consultant: Mr. Matthew Elliot, Ove Arup & Partners
Electrical consultant: Mr. Hans Adam, Connell Wagner
Mechanical consultant: Mr. Bernard Loras, Connell Wagner
Hydraulic consultant: Mr. Graham Jones, Connell Wagner
Landscape consultant: Mr. Steve Calhoun, Tract Australia Pty Ltd
Interior designer: Mr. Robert Nation, Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects
Acoustic consultant: Mr. Andrew Nichol, Ove Arup & Partners
Services consultant: Mr. Bernard Loras, Connell Wagner
Quantity consultant: Mr. Glenn Corke, Donald Cant Watts Corke Pty Ltd
Communications consultant: Mr. Bruno Cappelli, Space Age Communications
Builder: Mr. Ted Yencken, Probuild Constructions
Sculptor: Mr. Akio Makigawa, Estate of Akio Makigawa
Building Surveyor: Mr. Shane Leonard, Philip Chun & Associates
Photographer: Mr. Tony Miller, Architecture & Interior Design Photography
Other Team Members : Jason Noble - Acting on Site Architect, Chemain Adams, Rose Ambrogio, Greg Blanch, Ken DeSilva, Nicky Drobis, Michael Fazzino, Chris Godsell, John Hair, Daniel Heffernan, Mark Irving, Peter Johnson, Pat Jost, Simon Lauenstein, Bruce MacIsaac, Jeremy McLeod, Ian Munro, Lorena Pian, Rebecca Shaw, Karen Sheezel, Shaun Schroter

Photographs by Mr. Tony Miller of Architecture & Interior Design Photography, text by Nation Fender Katsalidis Architects

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects