Client: Australian National University
As the first new building on the ANU’s Acton Campus for many years, the WEH Stanner Building was designed to become the new public face of the Humanities Research Centre and Centre for Cross Cultural Research. The building is linked to, and indeed compliments, the historically significant Old Canberra House and creates an attractive landscaped hub between the old and new. In deference to Old Canberra House, the new building has been divided into two smaller wings accommodating academic offices, with a central link accommodating the main entry, library and staff break out areas. These wings incorporate a Federal Capital Architecture language with its simple pitched terracotta roof, vertically proportioned windows and white rendered masonry. Juxtaposed against these wings is a striking entry foyer element with its bold cubic roof form. The landscape space between the two buildings solves issues of vehicle drop-off and service delivery and a significant level change. This development has become the heart of the Acton Campus and incorporates a significant artwork designed by Fiona Foley which encapsulates the indigenous and natural history of the region and site.