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COLLABORATORS:
Structural/ M&E/ Acoustic Engineers: Arup, Brisbane
Main Contractor and Project Management: ADCO Constructions, Gold Coast
Concrete Scoop Wall Shuttering and Formwork: PERI GmbH, PERI Australia
Glass Facade: G. James Glass & Aluminium
Fitted Joinery Units and Ply Balustrades: Projects Queensland
Loose Furniture: Deja Vu Creation, Hong Kong
Mechanical Services: Coolco Air Conditioning
Metal Balustrades and Sunhoods: MJX Engineering
Roof Steelwork: Widgee Engineering

AWARDS:
2014 AIA Queensland Public Building Award
2014 AIA Gold Coast and Northern Rivers ‘Building of the Year’
2014 AIA Gold Coast and Northern Rivers ‘People’s Choice Award’
2014 Education and Health WAF Inside Award
2014 National MBA Public Building Award ($10 million to $50 million)
2014 Queensland State MBA Award for best Health & Education Facilities ($10 million to $50 million)
2014 Gold Coast MBA Excellence in Craftsmanship
2014 Gold Coast MBA Best Health & Education Facilities ($10 million to $50 million)
2014 Shortlisted AIA National Architecture Award
2014 Shortlisted WAN Education Award
2014 Shortlisted WAF Higher Education and Research Award

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CLIENT: Bond University

LOCATION: Queensland, Australia

The Abedian School of Architecture is located on the campus of Bond University in Queensland, designed in the 1980s by Arata Isozaki. Winning the competition in January 2011, CRAB was awarded the contract for the building, interior and landscape, and the scheme was completed in 2014.

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 scoops 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. 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 sun-drenched north side.

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

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