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Incubator goes international
The Incubator building has been shortlisted for international recognition in Amsterdam at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (28-30 November) in the Higher Education and Research category.
With 12 awards under its belt since being officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York in 2017, Macquarie University’s iconic Incubator building has just added its 12th: the Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Educational Architecture, announced on 1 November. Mark Broomfield, Head of Property at Macquarie University says the Incubator is a project that just keeps excelling and said, "The building is not only fulfilling its purpose on campus as an innovation and collaboration hub is also impressing local and international judging panels for its architecture and design".
Mark Broomfield said, "For our $7.5M building to now be judged on the world stage in Amsterdam is unexpected and although I'd like to see the Incubator win, being a finalist is pretty exciting".
Located at 8 Hadenfeld Road, at Macquarie University in Sydney and designed by Architectus for collaboration and cross-fertilisation between students, staff, start-ups and entrepreneurs, the Incubator is occupied by diverse groups from within and outside the university.
World Architecture News Awards, Highly Commended Wood in Architecture, 2018
Australian Institute of Architects, National Award for Educational Architecture, 2018
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, International Architecture Award, 2018
Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards, Sustainability Award, Education and Research, 2018
Australian Institute of Architects (NSW), William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture, 2018
Australian Institute of Architects (NSW), Sustainable Architecture, Commendation, 2018
Learning Environments Australasia, Excellence in Educational Facilities Awards, Overall Winner, 2018
Learning Environments Australasia, Excellence in Educational Facilities Awards, Category 2, New Construction / New Individual Facility over $8m, 2018
Good Design Awards®, Architectural Design, 2018 INDE.Awards 2018 The Learning Space, 2018
Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards, Award for Project Innovation, Finalist, 2018
Chicago Athenaeum, Green GOOD DESIGN Awards, Research and Technology, 2018
Association of Consulting Structural Engineers NSW, Medium Building Projects Award, 2018
Australian Timber Design Awards, Excellence in Timber Design – Innovative Structural Design, 2017
The Macquarie University Incubator is a vibrant and accessible space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs and start-ups to work on their research or ideas that can be commercialised. The space fosters a growing entrepreneurial community that can share and contribute experience and resources to help foster ideas during early stages of development.
Work on the Incubator building and programs began mid 2016 building on the lessons learnt from the temporary pop-up incubator which had been in operation on campus.
The team adopted innovative construction techniques to allow for rapid construction, utilising sustainable materials and high levels of sustainable design, including:
- Primarily made of plywood, the building sits lightly on the ground and minimally impacts the earth and soil below it.
- The building incorporates pavilions that are naturally ventilated and uses the first air conditioning of its kind in Australia, which automatically regulates temperatures in the space depending on where occupants are located.
- Solar panels on the roof offset 60 per cent of power usage.
- There is more than 1 km of LED strip lighting in place.