MPH Architects | SIEC – Tonsley Tafe
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Full architectural service. 40,000 sqm Tonsley TAFE on a 30,000sqm footprint within the redeveloped 1964 Chrysler plant. Accommodates 800 students/day, 8,000/annum and 220 staff.


Tonsley Park, South Australia

$130 million

December 2013

MPH Architects in Association with Architectus

Managing Contractor

SIEC addresses the requirement for a contemporary trade training institution that provides a more responsive and up-to-date place to learn, teach and work with improved environmental quality and a sustainable built outcome.  The facility celebrates adaptive reuse contrasting old and new works.  Services and structural are exposed as part of the demonstrator objective and learning environment. TAFE SA’s building and construction training functions will be consolidated into the SIEC at Tonsley Park. The project has an extraordinary scale and a progressive educational plan to encourage innovation and provide an exemplary educational facility that maximises the opportunity for learning and teaching. The architectural response to the project is first and foremost to give function and form to the required accommodation and a new identity for SA TAFE, by creating an exemplar, iconic education destination.


International Awards
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors – Creative Re-Use Category

International Shortlists
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors – Creative Re-Use Category
World Architecture Festival – Old and New Category
World Architecture Festival – Higher Education and Research Category
World Architecture Festival – Colour in Exterior Architecture Category

Australasian Awards
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Category 1: New Construction: Entire New School

National Award
Australian Institute of Architects – Interior Architecture

State Awards
Australian Institute of Architects – Interior Architecture Award – South Australia
Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture – Commendation – South Australia
Australian Steel Institute – Steel Excellence in Buildings – Large Projects – High Commendation – South Australia
Australian Institute of Building – Professional Excellence Award – Commercial Construction $100 Million plus – South Australia
DIA Awards – Silver Award – Communication