It’s a numbers game for architecture studio refurbishment
- Building 6 architecture studio refitted to optimise capacity and use.
- Nineteen collaborative pods will each seat 20 students.
- Project completion targets start of the Autumn 2019 teaching session.
An eye to future needs will see Building 6’s architecture studio refurbished to optimise capacity and flexibility, most likely before the start of the Autumn 2019 session.
In line with UTS’s commitment to upgrading existing facilities to support a more collaborative and innovation-focused model of learning, the current studio space on level 5 is set to be transformed, with the inclusion of 19 collaborative pods, each seating 20 students.
“At capacity, the studio will be able to accommodate up to 380 students in one sitting,” FMO Senior Project Manager Mark Podolec explains. “That’s half of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building’s entire undergraduate architecture and landscape architecture cohort. This will allow for delivery of popular classes to large numbers of students.
“The other advantage of the new floorplan means that, when no classes are scheduled in the studio, the pods make great spaces for students to carry out group work and collaborative activities.”
About the space
- Each pod consists of seating for 20 around collaborative worktables and, in some cases, fixed perimeter benches.
- Pods will be separated by joinery accommodating AV equipment and controls, and incorporate sliding, ‘pinable’ surfaces to display student work.
- Storage will be incorporated into the AV joinery, with overhead shelves above the fixed benches providing additional storage.
- Retractable overhead power sockets will allow students to recharge laptops and other devices in class.
- Banks of lockers around the perimeter – 760 in all – will give each student secure storage for stashing personal items overnight or their laptops while they grab lunch. Lower lockers will be suitable for students who use wheelchairs.
- A flexible central space will accommodate exhibitions, presentations and ‘pin-up-and-critique’ sessions, with the capacity to store seating for 50 in the attached storage area.
- A breakout space with seating at one end of the studio will allow for informal discussions between classes, while a kitchenette at the other end will include a sink, microwave and instant chilled/boiling water.
Next steps for the project
With the design shortly to be finalised, the project team is hoping that works will commence in November 2018. The works have been scheduled for the summer break when most students are off campus.
Noisy works will take place out of hours to minimise disruptions for those in adjacent offices and on floors above and below.
The project is expected to wrap up in time for the new-look studio to open for the start of teaching in the Autumn 2019 session.