public buildings

130 Bent St Moore Park

By: COX Richardson

COX Richardson designed AFTRS


Converging new media changed the way it was even possible to think about  architecture for the new the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.

Designed by Cox Richardson and located in The Entertainment Quarter, adjacent Fox Studios, in Moore Park in Sydney, the organising principal of the design for AFTRS is driven by the convergence of technology within the Media Industry.

The new building has given the School the opportunity to restructure to align with, and acknowledge these technology-driven shifts.

The design creates a lively but coherent campus, one where all departments were actively engaged in the life of the school – and both students and academics have been  spared  the ‘siloed’ environments common to education buildings.

As Australia’s pre-eminent tertiary education provider for professional Media Studies, the School integrates teaching and administrative spaces coupled with technical teaching spaces, comprising Film/Television, Radio and Recording Studios, Theatres, Post-Production facilities and Editing Suites, and a publicly accessible Media Resource Centre, Cinema and Café on a 1100m2 footprint.

Overall, the building presents as a highly active and lively campus, sitting comfortably within the surrounding scale of the public domain.