The master planning is in response to and in dialogue with the existing campus axis formed by the circular University Library juxtaposed concentrically with the rectilinear main lawn, to the North of the site. The grid and axial differences converging on the site are resolved through circular massing, also establishing a pivotal role to axial differences of the North and South Campuses.
Within the crescent site, two complementary circular shapes are formulated, sponsoring and engaging the trapezoid quad in front. The Art Centre takes on the main role of responding to site parameters, while the smaller College adopts a supporting stance.
The buildings’ waving form is inspired by the fluidity of music. They are interwoven by elevated walkways and fluid ‘ribbons’ to echo their rotund shapes, at the same time breaking away from the rigidity of the axial symmetry. The concert hall / theatre forms the core.