Cultural & Civic, Education, Hospitality
Alumni House will be an architectural landmark forming a centrepiece of the University of Newcastle’s Academic Corridor and its interface with the City of Newcastle.
Alumni House will be a social hub for alumni of the University and the greater community of the city and region, projecting the University’s identity and aspirations within Newcastle’s CBD. Requiring a site-specific approach that carefully balances the project’s academic and civic profile, the Competition aims to establish Alumni House as an active, lively and exciting space. Alumni House is intended to foster and symbolise connection, community, conversation, commitment and celebration.
The winner of the competition is Durbach Block Jaggers, together with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Ongarato and Northrop. Their design is a poetic response, which successfully addresses the primary requirement of providing a welcoming place for alumni while projecting a memorable presence in the city that looks to the future.
“The vibrancy of Alumni House’s formal expression, which is underpinned by its careful consideration of programmed space and those that are serendipitous, sets it apart, while its material palette is deferential to the site’s context.”
New South Wales
Awabakal Country and Worimi Country
University Of Newcastle
EOI, DESIGN STAGE
Durbach Block Jaggers with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Ongarato and Northrop
Jury (titles at time of engagement)
● Program Director, Organisational Change Team, University of Newcastle
● Estate Design Director, University of Newcastle
● Executive Chairman, Peremba Group and Alumni, University of Newcastle
● Director, Office of Alumni and Philanthropy, University of Newcastle