All aboard the Building 11 'ark'
If you’ve ventured down into the bowels of Building 11 recently, you may have noticed that a host of new spaces have opened for the start of the 2016 academic year.
Most unusual is the informal learning space on level B1, located on the left as you descend the escalator. With its extensive use of recycled timber, it feels rather like an ark and students are flocking to it, including those on breaks between classes in eight new general teaching spaces on levels B2 and B3.
Students are already making the most of the latest informal learning space
Carved out of an under-utilised corridor, it makes a feature of its different levels to accommodate a mix of spaces, including:
- three collaborative study pods, one (bookable) with AV
- private booths
- long padded benches
- kitchenette with bar-style seating.
According to UTS Project Manager Bryce Hutchinson, the various seating and lounging configurations respond to student needs as well as the challenges of the space itself.
"Different students prefer different spaces,” he says. “Some prefer collaborative spaces; others like to do their own thing. I’ve even seen groups using the long benches for picnic-style get-togethers."
The space includes a variety of seating and lounging options
So, whether students want to study, snack or kick off their shoes and relax, the new informal learning space has a spot for it. And they can stay connected while doing it, with each power socket (and there are plenty of them) being USB-capable.