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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published May 6th 2014
Adelaide’s Smartest Building?
Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia entrance Hindley st
The view of the Jeffrey Smart building from the Hindley st entrance. Image by writer.


I was fortunate enough to catch a tour of the new $80M, 8 level Jeffrey Smart building (student learning centre) in Hindley street's West end, and was thoroughly impressed by the quality and design of the envelope and spaces.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
The main entry to the building which is not only looks good and is functional, but has a 5 green star energy rating. Image by writer.


Local architects Phillips/Pilkington collaborated with Melbourne firm John Wardle Architects on this modern, state of the art building named after the famous artist Jeffrey Smart, who passed away in 2013.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
: The designers of the building have created interesting spaces and forms, such as this sun filled area overlooking Hindley st where you can enjoy lunch indoors. Image by writer.


The building is the jewel in the crown of Uni SA, and a revitalised West End precinct. It will provide cutting edge learning spaces and services, including the Campus Library, Campus Central, Language and Learning services, International student support, career services and more.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
Comfortable, funky seating and furniture options are a highlight of this building. Image by writer.


Opened on the 28th April, the building wraps around a central courtyard, and offers unique views of the Adelaide skyline. An additional attraction for students will be an inflatable screen showing outdoor movies.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
View east from the upper level. Image by writer.


The welcoming ground floor spaces include a north facing cafeteria overlooking Hindley st, and a multi-function space which can be used as a lecture area, cinema or function room.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
The beautifully designed seating area of the ground floor multi-function space. Image by writer.


A range of places and enclosures has been designed for different modes of learning; including books and small-scale study areas, digital and virtual resources, as well as more collaborative and social learning environments.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
Larger rooms are available for teaching and learning, which feature interactive whiteboards and desktop document cameras, for viewing of students work on a screen. The building has over $8million worth of technology. Image by writer.


Students will be able to borrow a book from the library whilst heating up their lunch or waiting for a coffee, charge their laptop and phone in a locker, book a study space, experience innovative technology in the Tech Zone or get learning and study support, all in the one building.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
Comfortable booths allow students to plug in their laptops and electronic equipment directly into a port. Image by writer.


The building will be a great place for students to study in for decades to come, providing a focal 'hub' for the University campus. It is also a welcome addition to an otherwise drab end of Hindley st, bringing new life into the area which will no doubt, improve local businesses as well.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
This 'Qantas club lounge' type area has been designed as a quiet retreat for more serious study. Image by writer.


Building tours will be scheduled from June. More information will be available shortly, check the Uni SA website for details.
What do you think of Uni SA's newest building?
What is you're favourite building in Adelaide?
Please leave a comment.

Jeffrey Smart building University of South Australia student learning centre Adelaide Campus Library Campus Central Language and Learning services International student support career services central hub Hindley street 5 Green star energy rating Environmentally friendly building technology
The architects have made good use of spaces within the building. This comfortable nook allows for some relaxing study, or quiet 'time-out'. Image by writer.
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Why? Because students deserve a modern, functional learning facilities.
When: M-F: 8.30am – 10.00pm, Sat & Sun: 2– 6.00pm Levels 1 & 2 swipe card access only. Building tours from June.
Where: 217-243 Hindley Street
Cost: free
Your Comment
Awesome design. I love the multifunction room.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12398) 1900 days ago
Great story and photos, thanks James!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11214) 1899 days ago
Looks great and I will certainly book a time to see it. My favourite building in Adelaide is Edmund wright house but contemporary ....has to be SAHMRI.
by dmott (score: 0|8) 1898 days ago
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