Bond University’s new Abedian School of Architecture is complete with the official opening last Friday [7 February].

Construction company ADCO brought the design of UK architect Sir Peter Cook of Cook Robotham Architecture Bureau (CRAB Studio) to life.

The building design came about from a two-stage international competition and was touted as the Gold Coast’s “architectural version of the Sydney Opera House”.

Opening its doors in October 2013 for students, it has provided them with a unique insight into design and construction best practice since work started on the site in January 2012.

It will be an apt learning environment for Bond University’s first intake of students embarking on the inaugural Master of Architecture programme beginning this year.

Managed by ADCO Constructions, the $16 million project created more than 700 jobs during the build.

ADCO managing director Richard Carmont says the Gold Coast team worked with the university to create a building that inspired innovation and creativity of its staff and students.

“There is no other development like this in Australia. It is an iconic, landmark building designed to inspire the architects of tomorrow.

“The students can walk the internal streetscape and embrace the atmosphere created by the design excellence, the level of detailing and the quality of construction. It is a very appropriate setting to house and develop the future generations of Australian design professionals. This facility will provide a gateway to design the world.”

The building is a world-first in terms of construction, with ‘scoops’ forming an integral part of the interior which are free-form in shape and measure three-storeys high. They, along with the design of the overall building, provide a real-life case study for architecture students.