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.
“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