Head-turning new student and staff spaces that reflect UTS’s collaborative spirit have opened on Building 5C’s levels 2 and 3 – with level 4 about to get the same treatment.
The collaborative pod classroom with its striking acoustic ceiling discs
Our photos offer a telling glimpse into the bold new spaces, designed by Gardner Wetherill, who were also behind UTS’s award-winning refurbishment of Building 10. The key spaces in Building 5C include:
- 160-seat collaborative pod classroom (general teaching space) on level 2, with an operable wall to create two smaller classrooms, smart boards with infra-red capture and download, wall monitors and striking white acoustic ceiling discs.
- level 2 Collaborative Action Research Lab with Cruiser interactive software that allows information to be flicked from a touch-screen table to a wall screen for enhanced sharing and group work.
- quirky student break-out space curving around the exterior of the level 2 classroom, featuring seating set into the wall, power and data points, decorative city map graphics of Sydney, Lisbon, Shanghai and New York, and timber veneer slat detailing.
- workspace for DAB’s School of Built Environment on level 3, incorporating a mix of staff offices and HDR open-plan workstations, a break-out area, meeting room and kitchen complete with timber-look cabinetry and orange splashback.
Level 4 will shortly be refitted as staff workspaces for the new Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation.
The colourful student break-out space makes great use of a corridor
DAB's new staff workspace features workstations for HDRs
One of the new staff offices for DAB in Building 5C