urban design & master planners

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3D Massing Model View
ANU Gateway at University Avenue
Aerial View of ANU - Union Court and University Avenue

CLIENT: Australian National University

SITE AREA: 11ha total | 2.3ha Phase One



RESIDENTIAL: 2,200 Units

RETAIL: 17,100 sq.m.

ACADEMIC: 104,500 sq.m.

Urban Design Illustrative Framework Plan
Union Court

Australian National University, Union Court Framework Plan / Canberra, Australia


University Avenue

CIVITAS won the bid to develop the Urban Design Framework Plan for this strategic ANU site, adjacent to Canberra’s City Centre:

• The vision for Union Court and University Avenue is to create a living heart for ANU’s campus, while also creating an engaging nexus for the community of Canberra and the university.  

• The Framework allows for higher intensity uses, more complete building mass to both frame public space while adding density and intensity of use.

• Union Court, a newly shaped public ‘agora,’ will be framed by a new state-of-the-art library, and new active edges containing vibrant shops.

• Heritage buildings will be repurposed to keep history and diversity present on the public square.

• Improved connectivity, with legible axial pedestrian ways will help create a framework that can endure, as building uses and forms evolve over time.

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