Driving The University of Tasmania’s sustainable philosophy, Six Degrees has designed the first purpose-built facility for its School of Fine Furniture.
June 1st, 2018
When The School of Fine Furniture at The University of Tasmania needed a purpose-built educational facility (the first of its kind in Australia when it was completed in 2009), they turned to Six Degrees.
The studio space accommodates 45 students but offers the flexibility for future expansion.
The driving philosophy of the building is centered on the university’s values around environmental sustainability. As the first educational facility of its kind, Six Degrees drew on this core concept to create an interactive learning environment.
The building itself extends sustainability parameters through its carefully considered design.
The design implements several environmental strategies, such as long-span timber structures to minimise the use of non-renewable resources. In addition, long life materials such as plywood, recycled carpet tiles and fibreglass have been incorporated.
The exterior is clad in a translucent sheeting material, which maximises the natural light that filters into the workspace. The outcome is a building that serves a unique purpose for furniture design students, built in a simple form and complemented by simple and durable materials.
Director: Peter Malatt, Simon O’Brien
Project Leader: Six Degrees and SBE in collaboration
Architects: Dan Demant, Giles Freeman, Alan Ting, Sian Murray, Chris Begert and Sean McArdle
Documentation: As above
Interior Design: Robyn Ho
Consultant Team: Services Engineering Solutions, Tasmania
Building Surveyor: Greg Green Protek
Structural: George Apted & Assoc.
Heritage: Six Degrees
ESD: Sustainable Built Environments
Photography: Patrick Rodriguez
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