NBRS Architecture update an Australian seat of learning

Nick Myall
Thursday 21 Sep 2017

This adaptive reuse project has unlocked the potential of an existing building and created a productive workspace for the next generation of academics

NBRS Architecture have transformed one of the oldest structures on Macquarie University’s campus – the Faculty of Science & Engineering’s Millar building on Wally’s Walk.

The vision for the refurbishment was to create an energy and space efficient contemporary workspace that encourages collaboration whilst respecting the historical, social and aesthetic significance of the building.

By revitalising the existing fabric NBRS enhanced the appearance of the building, improved street presence and created a sense of arrival to the University’s main courtyard.

A new bright and airy three storey glazed atrium provides a physical link between the eight storey Millar (E7A) building and the adjacent E7B. The atrium is activated with a café and provides space for individual research as well as promoting the chance encounter and collaborative learning.

To help support the University’s One Planet ecological footprint target, sustainability was key to the project. Retention of the existing façade significantly reduced carbon impact, high performance glazing has reduced solar heat gain and the use of natural ventilation has been maximised throughout.

Andrew Duffin, Design Director at NBRS said: “The renewal and space upgrade of the Millar building is a perfect example of the benefits of retrofitting rather than rebuilding. By unlocking the potential of the existing building, we have provided a more sustainable, comfortable, healthy and productive workspace for the next generation of academics.”

“We are proud to have assisted the University with their goal of creating a vibrant and sustainable campus that supports the academic pursuits of its students and staff.”

Nick Myall
News editor

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