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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.