Architecture & design firms selected to design new UNSW multi-purpose tower

SOURCE: 3XN and Aspect Studios
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Architecture firm 3XN and design firm Aspect Studios have been selected to design a new mixed-use tower for the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney that will serve as a new entry point to the campus. 

When designing the new tower, 3XN emphasised on resilience and environmental sustainability. The end result will be the creation of a new welcoming campus gateway to the UNSW campus. 

The 3XN team aims to nurture interdisciplinary educational and social interactions in the new multi-purpose tower. The building will feature a central staircase, terraced platforms connecting multiple floors and outdoor spaces. 


“We are really proud that we won this project,” said 3XN founder and creative director Kim Herforth Nielsen in a media statement

This project will be the 3XN’s first venture into the Australian education market, building on its existing portfolio of international design projects. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for 3XN to celebrate the internationally-renowned UNSW campus and to contribute to its future success. This is an exciting time for 3XN – we are more international than ever, and the Australian market offers great opportunities for us. With this project, we add our first Australian educational facility to our diverse portfolio in the region.”

“We want this building to become the heart of the UNSW campus. Our unique design will create diverse learning and working facilities to meet the dynamic needs of UNSW students and staff who will occupy the building,” added 3XN Sydney office partner in charge Fred Holt. 

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The design emphasises resilience and sustainability. Source: 3XN and Aspect Studios.

The project will encompass six distinct teaching and learning environments, common student facilities, an event and exhibition space, workplaces, as well as other support facilities and amenities. 

“Our concept for this building is really special in that it offers a new learning environment for interdisciplinary collaboration and inspiration. Students will be able to observe and learn from each other in new ways, thanks to the open design concept used throughout,” said 3XN Copenhagen partner in charge Stig Vesterager Gothelf.


UNSW selected 3XN for the project due to the overall vision and integrity of their design which adapts architecture to transform behaviours. The new project will hopefully provide collaborative teaching and learning spaces for students across various disciplines. 

The building will be located on the north-east edge (Gate 9) of the UNSW main Kensington campus as a new entry point. It will be strategically located next to a new light rail station, allowing an increased traffic flow into the area.