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L5 Building, UNSW

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University of NSW
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW
May 1, 2005
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An elegant, minimalist building providing teaching and administration facilities for language students and ICT research

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) L5 building houses teaching and administration facilities for New South Global’s Institute of Languages and Foundation Studies and a research laboratory for National ICT Australia.

Designed and built in 18 months, the 12,400m2 building displays a high level of design excellence in both its street facade and its serene inner courtyard, which provides a communal focus to the building’s off-campus location.

Organised around the raised and landscaped central courtyard are three parts to the building, the teaching podium, administrative wing and research wing. The teaching spaces are located in a two-level podium below the courtyard. The clusters of standard classroom modules have operable walls that allow the spaces to be easily reconfigured to suit the variety of teaching requirements, classes, seminars and examination. Light is brought into these lower rooms through the stair voids at the north and south ends and along the east and west perimeter through double height voids.

Flanking the courtyard are the academic staff offices on the west and the research laboratories on the east overlooking Anzac Parade. Clusters of open plan workstations and partly glazed offices are set free of the perimeter between a variety of meeting areas and communal spaces. Circulation in all three areas occurs along the perimeter of the building within spaces of varying dimension and sunlight, allowing for interaction between teachers, researchers and students.


Master Builders Association - Education Building over $25M Award
MBA NSW Tertiary Buildings Award
Master Builders Association - Best Use of Concrete Award
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Commendation for Public Architecture (NSW)
AIB Professional Excellence in Building Award for Commercial Building $10M - $50M
The Royal Institute of British Architects - International Award

Brief Elements

  • Administration / Offices
  • Cafe
  • Classrooms
  • Laboratories