The $63 million redevelopment of the Flinders University Plaza and Student Hub in Adelaide, officially opened in March 2016. Designed by Woods Bagot, the new plaza and student hub includes over 11,000m2 of enhanced facilities together with an improved terraced plaza space designed to create a dynamic precinct for students.
The design draws on findings through the engagement of students, teachers and staff which included creating student ‘owned’ spaces for study, recreation and socialisation, teaching and learning facilities, student-facing services, food and beverage offerings and student support services.
Viewed as the new ‘front door’ to the campus, the plaza and central core of the campus now draws students into a contemporary education environment with a diversity of spaces designed for active learning. The redevelopment included 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.
Twig benches and Stump stools, designed by Alexander Lotersztain for Derlot Editions, feature in the enclosed mall and assist in the activation of flexible learning spaces. The redevelopment also features quiet study spaces, collaborative group lounges and conference facilities, where the Bloom Circlet by Keith Melbourne has been utilised. New bars, a restaurant, which offers fine dining options and spectacular 180 degree views of the lake and ocean from the top floor of the hub, function centres, retail, as well as food and beverage outlets. Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo said with ‘a focus on student interaction, engagement and services, the new Student Hub and Plaza is a vibrant place to learn, connect and play.’
Flinders University Plaza & Student Hub by Woods Bagot