Issue 10
Monday, 03 July 2017
Charles Darwin University
One of the stunning vistas within the refurbished ITMS building on Casuarina campus
One of the stunning vistas within the refurbished ITMS building on Casuarina campus

Graceful design catches judge’s eye

By Patrick Nelson

The transformation of an ugly old woodworking shed into Casuarina campus’s graceful modern Information Technology Management Support facility has caught the eye of judges at the Territory Architecture Awards.

Chief Information Officer Pat Gould said it came as no surprise to learn that Purple 3, colloquially known as “the shed”, was awarded the George Chaloupka Award for Interior Architecture.

“Congratulations to David Bridgeman Architects and our consultant Libby Sanders on the outstanding work they did to refurbish a building that had passed its use-by date,” Mr Gould said.

“Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing work space for about 65 staff, but its open plan design also is ideally suited to achieving improved efficiencies and better business outcomes.

“A lengthy consultation and design period has allowed us to create an environment that inspires staff to be productive and who communicate, collaborate and innovate.”

Mr Gould said the building had attracted significant interest since its completion last year.

“We have hosted visits from tech companies, drafting students and other universities, each interested in various aspects of design,” he said. 

“It is an impressive facility for a new world university, from which we will derive great value.”

The refurbished CDU Theatrette (Orange 3) also won applause at the Australian Institute of Architects event in Darwin. Designed by DKJ Projects Architecture, it received a commendation for educational architecture.