Putting student services on show
From the consolidation of services, to facilitating on campus interactions, the design for Southbank Hub contributes to the student experience of The University of Melbourne. The Hub is designed to be permeable and highly accessible to the entire campus community so it can use it at all times of semester. The transparency of spaces for passive surveillance, relaxed seating and diverse settings encourage student use well into evenings. The ground floor is highly porous, offering multiple entries, open social study areas, two large digital teaching and learning studios, a communal kitchen and provision for a small café. These spaces focus on the centralised student services and library counter which operates as a ‘one stop shop’ for all student enquiries. The student services area is designed adjacent to the library making both spaces more accessible and ‘on show.’
A landscaped courtyard that had previously been closed-off from student access is renewed and made a focus of the new library spaces. It provides an accessible outdoor space and ample natural light to the library levels. A unique addition to the library design is the new amphitheatre, encouraging socialising, rehearsal and relaxation. The unique space provides students with a memorable, flexible and playful space for study, conversation or performance.