UoT Faculty of Arts Precinct

Client: University of Tasmania
Status: Complete 2000

The Faculty of Arts Precinct is located on a prominent site on the crest of a small ridge, at the main entry to the Newnham campus. This is the main arrival point for the university, and so a significant new campus entry has been created in both landscape and urban form. Accommodation includes academic facilities for the Social Sciences and Humanities Groups as well as a separate Riawunna Aboriginal Education Centre and public lecture theatre.

The project represents a shift in architectural approach for the university, for the design injects a new vocabulary, with an urban manner of pathways, courtyards, generous vistas and a complex of interlinked building forms and spaces. The outcome is like a small village, a collection of individual buildings and public spaces that are receptors for gathering, learning and enjoyment.

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“The Faculty of Arts Building is finely designed and detailed to offer generous public and private spaces and a pleasant sense of easy visual connectivity with the landscape….these gentle thoughtful buildings, derived from a real concern for the occupants’ well-being, herald new life and direction….a new vision for the campus.”

RAIA National Awards Jury, 2001