Macquarie University Law School

Location: Sydney, NSW
Brief: Teaching Spaces, Flexible Study Spaces, and Administration Offices

Macquarie University Law School is a new home for a law students at the university. Acknowledging the central location of the site on campus, the main feature of the project is a large central covered atrium, creating a usable hub for students throughout the year. The atrium serves as a centre piece for the perimeter classrooms and offices, while providing visual connectivity from the corridors.

The building is organised to acknowledge the existing context of the building while taking advantage of the natural context of the site. As such, the base of the building is more solid, similar to the existing concrete structure and neighbouring brutalist buildings of the campus. The facade increases in transparency toward the top, which is a response to the adjacent mature tree canopies surrounding the building. 

The simple footprint and form of the building is only interrupted at one corner. This break in form at ground level is the main entrance to the covered atrium. Above the entrance is an additional sculptural form which is home to the Moot Court, where student mock trials take place.