New Condensed Matter Physics/Astrophysics Area Level 1 Old Main Building

    28th May 2012

    Student office facing onto the spiral staircase foyer at the eastern end of the redeveloped office area

    Southern office area towards eastern end of the building.


    The space occupied by two of the School of Physics’ key research departments have been given a major facelift as part of a $3.2M project completed by UNSW Facilities in mid May. The work involved a complete refit of the 1st floor of the Old Main Building from where it adjoins the Newton Building on the western side, through to the spiral staircase between Physics and the adjacent School of Mining Engineering on the eastern side. In a project managed by Geoff Lim from Facilities, designed by Tiffany Woo from Gardiner Wetherill architects, and constructed by Ichor, the corridor was straightened to reconnect the two sides of the building, with offices on the southern side of the corridor extending east/westward from a central entry foyer featuring a communal meeting area (see photographs below). The area was officially opened by UNSW Dean of Science, Prof. Merlin Crossley, on Friday 18th May.

    The entry foyer to the new area The reopened corridor extending toward the spiral staircase at the building’s eastern end
    View of the western end of the southern office area from the foyer Prof. Chris Tinney from Astrophysics and Prof. Merlin Crossley, Dean of Science, at the official opening on Friday 18th May

    The new area, jointly occupied by the astrophysics department (eastern side) and condensed matter physics department (western side), consists of a mix of conventional offices and open plan space, enabling researchers previously housed in different, isolated parts of the building to be brought together into a common area. It is anticipated that this improved proximity and more interactive layout will lead to a more vibrant research environment for both of these key physics research departments at UNSW.