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Hawke Building, Adelaide, Australia

Friday 28 May 2010

An exposition of civic functions

John Wardle Architects 
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John Wardle Architects and Hassell collaborate to complete Adelaide's new Hawke Building 

The Hawke Building is an exposition of the many and varied civic functions accommodated in the building - a joyful expression of the university’s place within the city. It is one of three major new buildings on the University of South Australia’s City West campus in Adelaide, by John Wardle Architects and Hassell in joint venture, that has established a new gravitational centre and spiritual heart for this University.

Within the building, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art responds to a long-standing need for a second public art gallery of scale in Adelaide. It is arranged over two levels, the exhibition spaces visually linked through and across a large double height space. An entwined stair of two strands – one black and one white –is an emblematic signature to the entry.

The Hawke Centre incorporates a series of state of the art teaching spaces and seminar rooms, including the 400-seat Allan Scott Lecture Theatre. Running the full length of the building, the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery connects the public entry at North Terrace at one end, through the Auditorium, to the heart of the campus at the other end. This symbolic arrangement of physical space is matched by an aspiration to promote discussion of contemporary social issues in a context poised between academia and the public realm.

Articulated and lustrous, the North Terrace façade is in counterpoint to existing adjoining university buildings. The northern façade chasm of glass that sits behind the outer concrete skin is a seam of intense blue colour, combining transparency and reflectivity behind the more inscrutable concrete skin. The North Terrace façade is designed to weather gracefully. A green patina will appear beneath each copper insert, signifying the persistence of the institution over time.

This project was completed in joint venture by:
John Wardle Architects – Design Architects and Joint Project Delivery
Hassell Architects – Joint Project Delivery

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