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Macquarie University Ainsworth Building shortlisted for Sustainability Award

The home of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ainsworth Building has been shortlisted for a 2021 Sustainability Award in the Education and Research category.

Providing teaching spaces that support the University’s strengths in medical research, the building embodies the forward-thinking sustainability and environmental stewardship goals outlined in Macquarie University’s Campus Master Plan, with the building estimated to save the carbon emissions equivalent of five to six years of energy consumption via the carbon sequestered within the timber frame.

The design was conceptualised to harmonise with the campus’ native woodland. Timber adorns the internal spaces to create a cohesive and authentic language. The biophilic palette provides a tangible connection with nature and evokes a sense of wellness among occupants. W-shaped hardwood columns at the entrance are a defining feature that transfers vertical loads to the ground. The high-performance glass skin reveals the precise geometry of the timber structural skeleton and draws optimal daylight into the interiors. At night, Ainsworth glows like a lantern, radiating the natural comfort within.

The Ainsworth Building exemplifies our philosophy of designing for people, purpose, place, planet, and production. It reflects the combined efforts of Macquarie University, the main building contractor, Buildcorp, and our design team inclusive of Arup as structural and service engineers.

Winners of the 2021 Sustainability Awards will be announced on 11th November at the Sustainability Awards Digital Gala Ceremony. Learn more about the Macquarie University Ainsworth building here.

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