Marianella Picon Fernandez
Sir Samuel Griffith Centre
The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre is the capstone of a major urban revitalisation program by COX for Griffith University’s Nathan Campus.
The building is designed to regenerate the campus’ character into one of accessibility and transparency, and to epitomise Griffith’s identity as one of Australia’s leading environmental universities.
The design combines the world’s first use of solar-hydrogen energy technology with a spatial design that fulfils the University’s aspirations of creating a fully self-sustainable, zero carbon research and learning building. The key spatial element is a naturally ventilated spine of glazed rainshields supported by a tensegrity structure that optimises visual connectivity between collaboration zones and the street.
In uniting the University’s environmental research groups, its visible sustainability technologies, and other related crafted spatial qualities, the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre has transformed the perception and experience of the campus.