A benchmark for teaching and learning spaces
On completion, the Swanston Academic Building (SAB) set a benchmark for the design of learning and teaching spaces. A variety of different formal learning spaces are provided at each level of the building. Varying in student capacity, all spaces are designed to be centered around the student, promoting interconnection and collaborative work. With students at the forefront of the design, teaching and learning spaces encourage staff to adopt a mentor role. Ranging from 360 seat theatres to conversational student spaces, the teaching and learning spaces reflect the diversity of the city to meet the long-term needs of the University. Teaching and learning spaces extend throughout the eleven levels of the building, with these accessed via three different circulation systems – lifts, escalators and multiple open stairs that encourage student use as their primary means of vertical circulation.