ANU Structured Car Parking Feasibility & Design, ACT

client Australian National University (ANU)

location Acton, ACT

area multiple sites ranging from 3,299m2 to 22,155m2

role architectural services for feasibility, due diligence and design

completion date current

Creating a ‘coherent, connected and unrivalled’ Acton campus is core to the transformational objectives articulated in the Australian National University (ANU) campus masterplan. To address the reorganisation of campus circulation and transport, a core driver of the masterplan, ANU engaged peckvonhartel to conduct a due diligence and feasibility study for potential locations for car parking and transportation hubs.  It is proposed at-grade parking within the campus will be replaced with perimeter vehicular circulation and multi-storey parking stations, enabling the creation of a green campus with a pedestrian and cycle focus.

peckvonhartel articulated a clear vision and framework for the future transformation of each site option, investigating the level of adaptability and suitability of new and existing structures for future use.  A number of building typologies were shortlisted for concept and design development, incorporating a number of smart parking solutions to create a seamless user experience.

Our methodology involved exploring a series of resilient built forms that could transform to faculty buildings, student housing, teaching spaces, and allow for future vertical expansion should the university need to increase their footprint. Spatial studies were a key visual form of communication with stakeholders to inform and guide the site selection and building typology. We overlayed typical residential and commercial plans to document the intent for adaptability, and visually displayed our considerations of current and future building services, building heights, and the integration of energy efficiencies including roof top solar farms.

Each building typology was evaluated on its contribution to the overall activation of the campus and its consideration of the ecological corridors in which it resides, and for its suitability to activate the ground plane by incorporating retail or hospitality, gyms or end of trip facilities. Materiality and façade technology were also initiated as an avenue to create landmark structures and assist with wayfinding throughout the campus. A high level programme was also developed to inform ANU’s procurement strategy for the delivery of each site.

Following our investigation, peckvonhartel have been appointed to deliver Site 6 (Clunies Ross Street and Daley Road).