Guillermo Fernández Abascal
The third iteration of The Contemporary Studio attempts to recover the heroic period of public-corporate architecture, again. The studio explores preservation as architecture’s saving retreat. Preservation is architecture at its most culturally significant and politically relevant. Last year the studio replicated the work of several emerging practices in order to revamp the Bidura Children’s Court and host the new headquarters for the Government Architect Office of NSW (GAO). Now, having practised in an urban scenario, we turn our attention to the highly neglected areas of rural NSW. This is the next logical step needed to question where architecture should focus today. The partially demolished Robb College at the University of New England in Armidale is the chosen location for the first of a series of ambitious regional offices for the GAO.