Status: First Prize Design Competition, Partially Constructed/Ongoing
Client: University of Canberra
The design of the University Green at the University of Canberra Bruce campus evolved from the competition winning entry submitted in 2010. The design provides a variety of places for learning and recreation. It contains large gathering spaces for concerts and festivals and places for individuals or small groups to relax or study in the outdoors. The larger event space: a dished crescent shaped grassed amphitheatre and the gathering terraces define a grassy sward with a magnificent existing Eucalyptus at its centre; a flexible space equally catering for a single large gathering or a number of smaller groups.
A network of paths and small clearings within the existing tree plantation are places of seclusion and contemplation for small groups and individuals; a respite from the collegiate life. The smaller event space: a second dished amphitheatre focuses on a grassed clearing carved from the edge of the tree plantation. Water retention basins and ephemeral wetlands are fed by the water trains descending through the green from the Concourse. This system retains and treats water for reuse on the campus and before flowing through John Knight Memorial Park into Lake Ginninderra.
Along the southern edge of the green is a series of broad open terraces for large-scale agriculture; these open terraces also form the view corridor from the Concourse to the Brindabella ranges.
Original Ideas Competition team:
Mark Tyrrell + Sharon Wright