University of Technology, Sydney, Great Hall

When students graduate this spring at University of Technology, Sydney, their ceremony will be held in a transformed hall where ‘mass customization’ is the key.

The ‘rebirth’ of the hall space has been recently designed by DRAW, which sought to capitalise on advanced technologies and materials that didn't exist when the original buidling was constructed.

Now, a fluid skin of perforated aluminium covers the ceiling and walls with over 1000 facets. Dubbed ‘the mantle,’ the skin integrates lighting, audio-visual tools, mechanical services and fire safety devices.

‘The redesign dramatically transformed the most important ceremonial space on campus from a lifeless volume into a warm heart that celebrates the Universityʼs commitment to design innovation,’ says John de Manicor, principal at DRAW.

Photos courtesy Brett Boardman.

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