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Macquarie University Mitchell Building E7A

Giving innovation momentum

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Sometimes to take on the future, you have to reckon with the past. Through the adaptive re-use of a space designed in 1968, we turned a windswept outdoor passageway into a runway for the ideas of tomorrow.

E7A is one of Macquarie University’s oldest buildings. Companion building to E7B, it’s home to much of the science and engineering faculty, yet its closed concrete layout was at odds with the open, agile and collaborative ways of working today’s academics need to spark innovation.

Our task was to refurbish the building, while repurposing underutilised spaces to create an engaging working environment that supports collaboration alongside individual research efforts. The transformed building will feature a café, student spaces, new working spaces for academics, spaces for discussion and multi-function seminar spaces.

For many, the highlight of the project is the transformation of a windswept space between buildings into a light-filled enclosed street beneath three storeys of glass. A connective node to the revitalised buildings, alongside the removal of internal brick partition walls and reconfiguration, it improves wayfinding and brings people together.

More than just people-focused, the adaptive re-use of the existing buildings was a huge contribution to the project’s sustainability credentials. The glass atrium creates natural lighting and cooling, contributing to the expectation that E7A will be 50% more ecologically efficient than similar spaces.

ArchitectureDiscipline
EducationSector
Macquarie Park, NSWLocation
CompleteStatus
Macquarie UniversityClient
Capital Insight, BuildcorpCollaborators
$45mBudget
Discipline
Architecture
Sector
Education
Location
Macquarie Park, NSW
Status
Complete
Client
Macquarie University
Collaborators
Capital Insight, Buildcorp
Budget
$45m

Fusing old and new

Multi-Functional Space

External Glass Structure

Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Hung-Ying Foong Gill
Associate, Interiors
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Hung-Ying Foong Gill
Associate, Interiors

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Andrew Duffin

“Beauty in architecture is a beautiful mix of art and science. Fundamentally it is all about people and shelter.”