The design draws on a number of findings garnered by engaging with students, teachers and staff, and is the university’s biggest redevelopment in nearly 50 years. Encompassing a space of over 11,000 sq-m the new plaza and student hub includes enhanced facilities as well as an improved terraced plaza space designed to create a dynamic precinct for students.
Woods Bagot believes the design creates a new 'front door' to the campus, significantly improving visual and movement connections through the plaza and activating the central core of the campus by drawing students into a contemporary education environment with a diversity of spaces designed for active learning.
Senior associate and project leader Milos Milutinovic said there were a number of key themes that drove the design process, with it initially being about realising the potential of the Flinders campus and drawing on this competitive advantage. “We have a campus located in one of Adelaide's most prime locations which offers panoramic views stretching to the hills, ocean and city. One of the key drivers was to showcase the landscape in its beauty and create a visual linkage between the north and the south," he said.
The redevelopment includes a new four-storey administration building with a sustainable rooftop garden, a new three-storey enclosed mall, refurbishment of the existing Union building and refurbishment of one level of the library. The newly-designed plaza comprises a terraced amphitheatre for learning, socialising and relaxation and will host outdoor concerts and film nights for up to 2,000 people.