FJMT's $220m Charles Perkins Centre – The University of Sydney

24 Sep

FJMT continue on their winning streak with this ultra-industrial gleaming alpolic and sandstone clad structure.

Modernist Brutalism is coming back in, fat camp style.

Budget- $220 million
Architect- FJMT
Builder- Brookfield Multiplex

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Artist’s rendering (copyright FJMT)

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The building is a standard reinforced concrete construction with an interesting cladding mixture of aluminium composite panel (alpolic), sandstone and glass. The sandstone side attempts (!) to enter a dialogue with the Gothic St John’s College opposite. Its machine-like Brutalist design states clearly that it is a building of laboratories and research.

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The University of Sydney spent $220 million on a new research and education centre that will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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The cash for the project was raised through a combination of a government infrastructure bond and private university funding.
Covering 46,700 square metres the area is equal to a 30-storey office block, or similar to the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Once completed it will be home to about 950 researchers and 1455 undergraduates with a variety of laboratory spaces, clinical research facilities and a biobank.

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Links
http://sydney.edu.au/perkins/building_project/background.shtml
http://www.smh.com.au/business/fat-budget-for-sydney-uni-research-centre-20120307-1ujsx.html
http://www.brookfieldmultiplex.com/projects/australasia/nsw/construction_and_development/health/under_construction/charles_perkins_centre/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perkins_(Aboriginal_activist)

 

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One Response to “FJMT's $220m Charles Perkins Centre – The University of Sydney”

  1. Ian March 26, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    Looks like an interesting spot. Great site, I’ve only recently gotten into architectural photography so this has been a fantastic resource for me.

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