Australian Centre on China in the World

About The Project

Completion December 2013
Construction Contractor Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd
Design Consultant Munns Sly Moore Architects and Mo Atelier Szeto

A joint initiative of the Australian Government and ANU.

24mm Shaped DGU

  • Black Glass
  • Three types of Low-E
  • Low-E on Ceramic Frit Pattern

The China Story is a project of the Australian Centre on China in the World, a research institution established in 2010 to enhance existing research and teaching related to China at The Australian National University (ANU). The Centre aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China, or what has been called ‘Greater China’ or the ‘Chinese Commonwealth’ (the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, as well as Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora), on a global scale. Academics at the Centre encourage an approach to China underpinned by what the founding director, Geremie R. Barmé, calls New Sinology .

The Federal Government announced in May 2010 the formation of the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (ANIPP). The ANIPP represents a place where public servants and others working on policy for the nation can engage with leading researchers and educators from a wide range of disciplines.

The ANIPP enables ANU to play a lead role in boosting Australia’s expertise through enhanced teaching and research into public policy. Included in ANIPP is the new Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW).

The CIW will be central in building Australia’s knowledge of China and it will occupy an important position as an internationally recognised scholarly hub.

The CIW will build upon the ANU’s existing capabilities to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale.

It includes expertise in Chinese thought, culture, history, politics, society, environment, economics and foreign and strategic policy. CIW will undertake research, education and outreach activities in innovative ways not achieved by similar institutions internationally.

The new ‘signature building’ to house CIW will create an environment that is exciting and dynamic for its occupants and visitors and acknowledges the aesthetics of Chinese architectural influence. The building includes academic spaces, flexible lecture spaces with simultaneous translation facilities, a gallery space, a research library, a 220 seat auditorium with foyer that can be utilised for catered events, bicycle storage and additional landscaping to improve the buildings landscape setting. The centre is being designed in partnership by Canberra firm Munns Sly Moore Architects and Beijing based architects Mo Atelier Szeto.