Phillips Smith Conwell

SAE Creative Media Institute – Chippendale


Farindon Constructions




Chippendale, Sydney


Luc Rémond

SAE’s Sydney expansion into the Berlei Building, constructed in the 1920’s and significantly modified in the 1980’s, provided an opportunity for the building’s reincarnation into SAE Creative Media Chippendale campus.  The transformation exposes the building’s original character and history while supporting the technical and functional requirements of their learning environment.

The interior design solution is a direct response to the client’s brief.  It recognises the requirements of the administrators, educators and students and integrates these within the constraints of the building and highly technical functions.

The aesthetic responds to the dynamic and evolving nature of the client’s creative industry while meeting the highly technical skills associated with recording, sound engineering, audio visual production, post production, mastering, broadcasting, gaming, animation, graphic design and interactive digital media education delivery.

Mobile acoustic elements, with both diffusion and absorption depending on the side, have been provided for further acoustic flexibility.  These allow increased separation between sound sources and a degree of modification of the room acoustics if desired.