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University of Canberra International Microsimulation Centre (NATSEM)
by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn



The first education building in the ACT to have been awarded a Green Star 5 star rating, it provides an international standard conference centre, new office accommodation, and four self-contained apartments for visiting academics. The conference centre has a 250 seat flat floor auditorium with adjacent seminar rooms, all equipped with state of the art audio visual technology. The light-filled main entry foyer hosts exhibitions and functions, and is signified by a soaring cantilevered awning. Office accommodation has been provided for approximately 40 staff, with a mix of enclosed and open plan offices to suit the

users' different requirements. All enjoy abundant external views and natural light. Together with the smaller apartment block and an existing building, a large landscaped courtyard is embraced. These outdoor spaces provide a welcome outdoor break out area for both conference goers and staff. The architecture of the complex uses simple forms clad in crisply detailed zinc sheeting and anchored at ground level by a rendered masonry plinth. The colours are restrained and sophisticated using a palette of silvers, greys and white. The large roof planes serve to unite the distinct building functions within the one facility.

Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn
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Project Team
Design architect: Alastair Swayn
Project architect: Michael Tolhurst
Graduate: Adam O'Meara
Interior Designer: Louise Kichenside
Architectural Assistant: Andrew McInnes
Acoustic consultant: Heggies
Building surveyor: Landdata
Civil consultant: Cardno Young
Cost Consultant: Wilde and Woolard
Electrical consultant: Rudds Consulting Engineers
Hydraulic consultant: Cardno Young
Landscape consultant: Harris Hobbs Landscapes
Mechanical consultant: Rudds Consulting Engineers
Structural consultant: AWT Consulting Engineers
Project manager: Manteena
Photographer: Ben Wrigley
Photographer: Ben Wrigley
Photographer: Ben Wrigley
Photographer: Ben Wrigley

Photographs by Ben Wrigley, Ben Wrigley, Ben Wrigley & Ben Wrigley, text by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

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