UNSW law building
The Faculty of Law building is a new addition to the University of New South Wales’ Kensington campus and delivers a new and innovative learning and research facility for the University’s Faculty of Law and Taxation.
Located on a high profile site on University Mall, the new 11,500 sqm four level building reflects the pedagogical model of this School of Law and through its form contributes to the urban definition of the landscaped Mall space.
The building has been designed as a low rise structure to promote maximum interactivity between occupants in the building – staff, students and visitors. The building also provides strong connections back to the broader campus and to the public realm beyond.
Light filled atria spaces, open staircases and landscaped courtyard spaces enhance this visual interconnectivity, providing a high amenity work and study environment for Law and University users.
The design is structured around a central ‘agora’ space which connects all levels of the building and provides a place for formal and informal meeting and exchange.
The Law library, located over two levels, is the symbolic and functional heart of the new building. This daylit space allows students and academic staff to study and undertake research in a purpose designed setting overlooking the treed environment of University Mall.
The building embodies a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives including mixed mode air-conditioning to the office spaces, selection of materials and finishes for low embodied energy and engineering systems and architectural design features which minimise energy consumption.
The building represents new thinking in Law School design. As a contemporary and progressive building it supports and enhances the learning and research work of the School and provides a flexible long term asset for the University.