Department of Architecture & Spatial Planning Namibia University of Science & Technology

Kerry McNamara Architects recently completed the new Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning at the University of Science & Technology. This 4 storey building is designed for the education of students of architecture and spatial planning. The design principles of Kerry McNamara Architects revolve around the idea of educational, human and social spaces creating various levels of public and private teaching, learning and social interactive spaces internally and externally.

At an urban design scale the form and orientation of the building purposefully responds to the environment, to the greater campus as a whole and to the existing campus Pedestrian Street and human student user. It does this by the buildings being orientated to predominantly face North and South in accordance with the new sustainability regulations controlling solar gain through correct orientation.

The entrances and front facades of the building relate to the existing pedestrian street by providing a human scaled interactive ground level edge through recesses and structural colonnade’s that enable the pedestrian to interact with the building and be protected from the elements. Deep recessed façades prevent solar gain, while skylights reflect light deep into floor levels and into communal learning and social spaces cutting on artificial energy costs.

The use of low maintenance materials and exposed concrete slabs and structural walls create a more sustainable building yet enhance its ability to educate on ‘how it has been made’. All finishes externally and internally have been considered in their longevity and aesthetic appeal to the user.

Architects / Principal Agents: Kerry McNamara Architects Inc
Project Architects: Rowan McNamara, Kevan McNamara, Kobus Smit
Civil & Structural: Urich Consulting Engineers
Electrical & Mechanical: EMCON Consulting Group
Quantity Surveyor: Wicks, Goosen & Pineo
Contractor: Namibia Construction
Urban Design: Urban Design Studio Namibia
Photographs: Arthur Peuckert