Abedian School of Architecture

Project Description

The building is a long, airy loft on two to three levels articulated y a series of ‘scoops’: defining structure-enclosures that can be used for casual meetings and ‘crit’ sessions. These line the central street that gently rises up the hilltop site. Advantage is taken of the east-west axis to clarify a very climate-controlled development of the north and south skins of the building.


The Abedian School of Architecture is CRAB’s second University building. As with their other work, the sociology of small, intimate groups within institutions, the value of casual overlay, the importance of the non-curricula moments – as well as a ‘sense of theatre’ runs through the project. The central ‘street’ is flanked by irregular ‘scoops’ – coves of structure that give character to the unfolding of the studios and study rooms. As befits a hot and sometimes sticky climate, the building is airy and folds over upon itself in a series of fan-like roofs and slits.



AIA Queensland Public Building Award 2014

AIA Gold Coast and Northern Rivers 'Building of the Year' 2014

AIA Gold Coast and Northern Rivers 'People's Choice Award' 2014

Education and Health WAF Inside Award 2014

National MBA Public Building Award ($10 million to $50 million) 2014

Queensland State MBA Award for best Health & Education Facilities ($10 million to $50 million) 2014

Gold Coast MBA Excellence in Craftsmanship 2014

Gold Coast MBA Best Health & Education Facilities ($10 million to $50 million) 2014

Shortlisted AIA National Architecture Award 2014

Shortlisted WAN Education Award 2014

Shortlisted WAF Higher Education and Research Award 2014



client: Bond University

location: Queensland, Australia

budget: $ 16,200,000 AUD

dimension:  2.500 m2

primary team: Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, Mark Bagguley, Jenna Al-Ali, Ting-Na Chen, Lorene Faure, Yang Yu, Tim Culverhouse.

general contractor and project management: ADCO, Gold Coast

structural and environmental engineers: Arup Brisbane

status: Completed


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