Johns XXIII College, ANU | COX Architecture

Johns XXIII College, ANU | COX Architecture | Photographer: Jakub Beseda

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Johns XXIII College, ANU | COX Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Ngunnawal People

Australian Capital Territory

Educational Architecture
Capcorp Group
Jakub Beseda
Project summary

Anticipating their 50-year anniversary, John XXIII College initiated a process of significant refurbishment, seeking a design concept that respected and understood the College history, culture and ambition. Incremental works over time resulted in an arrangement of ad-hoc spaces that were poorly surveilled, and underutilised.

The design strategy included significant upgrades of the existing building to improve energy efficiency, accessibility and original built fabric, and a new entry pavilion supports social and academic life.

ACT Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Educational Architecture
ACT Jury Citation

The new design for John XXIII College at ANU reimagines the life of the residential college with a new entry and common room in addition to improvements throughout the college. The Jury was impressed by the clarity and quality of key architectural intervention of the new entry sequence as revealed by the design, quality of light, materiality and detailing.

Demonstrating keen acumen and practical understanding, the project creates a rich and varied spatial landscape to engage students and support a positive social, academic, and residential experience.

Project Practice Team

Chris Millman, Design Architect
Eamon O’Donoghue, Architectural Consultant
Gerard O’Connell, Project Architect
Karen Clutson, Interior Architecture , Director
Olivia Arcidiacono, Graduate of Architecture
Rob Collie, Graduate of Architecture
Rodney Moss, Consultant

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Certis, Energy, Access, Certification Consultant
Harris Hobbs, Landscape Consultant
Indesco, Civil Consultant
Indesco, Structural Engineer
Purdon Planning, Planning Consultant
Rudds Consulting, Mechanical, Electrical, Communication, Fire Consultant
THCS ACT, Hydraulic Consultant

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Johns XXIII College, ANU | COX Architecture | Photographer: Jakub Beseda

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