Sir Samuel Griffith Centre up for world architecture award

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The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Nathan has been shortlisted in the Production Energy and Recycling category at the 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards.

Almost 300 projects from more than 50 countries have been nominated across 27 categories in the world’s largest architectural awards program. Winners will be announced in Singapore in October.

Should it be successful in its category, the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre will then be in the running for the World Building or Future Project of the Year Award.

Brisbane firm Cox Rayner Architects designed the $42.7 million building at Griffith University’s Nathan campus and will present its submission live to an international judging panel.

Australia’s first teaching and research building powered by a combination of photovoltaics and hydrogen, on an average day the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre generates 25 per cent more energy than it consumes, with excess power returned to the campus grid to help power other buildings.

Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor describes the building as a symbol of Griffith University’s non-negotiable commitment to environmental sustainability.

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