Cameraygal Northern Sydney Institute
NSW Government Architect ’s Office
213 Pacific Highway Cameraygal building, St Leonards TAFE Campus SYDNEY , NSW 2065 Australia
Carlos Sogari, GAO Project architect
Adaptive re-use of the 1967 UTS Dunbar building as the Institute ‘s Southern Gateway, business, community and health studies, and centre for technology, and media.
A centre for teaching and learning providing general purpose and specialist spaces, labs, workshops, teaching studios, Institute admissions information services, Head Office.
The challenge was to create a centre for learning and innovation, the Institute Southern Gateway housing their head office and faculty directors, centralised support services, business, information technology, digital media and allied health studies.
The design principles trigger a fresh foundation for learning and sharing, respecting the ethos of the original building by creating a narrative of its past.
The facilities showcase TAFE vision for the future of vocational education and training and the building never fails to impress industry partners – the physical realisation of its approach to innovation and commercial business.
Designed in 1967 by the NSW Government Architect ‘s Office in the Brutalist style, it functioned as a science laboratory block for UTS until the 1980s
The design principles stem from creating a fresh foundation for learning and sharing:
•Respecting the ethos of the original building, creating a narrative of its past
•Marrying the Building to the College Green, becoming its extension and focal point.
•Reinventing the collective memory by connecting spaces and people through ideas and function.
•Generating common spaces with a sense of community: adaptable, flexible, collaborative
•Utilising natural tones and textures that frame nodes of colour.
•Expressing technology, services and sustainability as an educational tool.
Sustainable design principles start from the core idea of recycling a disused structure, reducing building materials and sustainable initiatives showcased increasing public awareness and education.
New tangible initiatives contrast with the non-sustainable building ‘s past
From a social and economic perspective, TAFE NSW is educating through sustainable initiatives.
Higher education developments must recognize the need to provide more than buildings, but also address social, emotional, psychological support to complement quality curriculum: be memorable, enhance social interaction, and allow for growth and constant change.