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This definitive building marks the gateway to the civic expression of a university.

Located on the western end of the city and following a period of the self-assessment, this building reveals the value of the university whilst re-establishing its social standing in the civic realm. It’s one of three buildings commissioned by the university to form part of its strategic revitalisation.

With its series of significant public programs  the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Bradley Forum, and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s complete political archive  the building celebrates the university, student life and learning as well as signalling the institution’s connection to the city.

  • Traditional Custodians The Kaurna people
  • Collaborators Wardle in joint venture with Hassell
  • Client University of South Australia
  • Location Adelaide, South Australia
  • Project Duration 2004 – 2007
  • Floor Levels 2
  • Floor Area 6,400m2
  • Selected Awards
  • Jack McConnell Award of Merit for Public Architecture, RAIA South Australia 2008
  • Award of Merit for Interior Architecture, RAIA South Australia 2008
  • National Commendation for Public Architecture, RAIA National Awards 2008

Finding expression on both the exterior and interior and unlike the previous opaque university structures, this building is open and transparent with views from Fenn Place up and into the civic spaces and interior.

An intertwined two-stranded stairway – one black and one white – becomes an emblematic signature for the entry. From within vistas open up across programs and circulation spaces and then back out into the campus centre.


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