The new building at the University’s Burwood Campus provides a new home for the Deakin Law School
The building is located adjacent to the pedestrian bridge across Gardiners Creek. The bridge links the east and west sides of the campus and the nine level building provides a new focal point for people approaching from all directions.
Architecture & Access was engaged by Woods Bagot in 2015 to be part of the team for the new Learning Commons building. In 2018 Watpac successfully won the contract to construct the building which was completed in June this year.
Teaching areas include a large lecture theatre which looks out onto the landscaped Zen garden. A range of large and small teaching spaces together with informal and formal study zones cater for a wide variety of teaching and learning opportunities. The Moot Court and staff offices on Level 7 has created a new home for the Deakin University Law School and staff.
Other facilities located within the building include a gym, cafe, disability resource centre, parents’ room, medical health centre, Deakin University Students Association, a Changing Places facility and security hub ensures the needs of all students can be met.
The central stairs in the building curves up through the building and provides a breathtaking view within the building. The lifts provide access to all levels of the building and allow people to change levels within the steep site on the banks of the Gardiners Creek.
Architecture & Access worked with both Woods Bagot and Watpac on the $110 million project during construction to achieve an accessible, vibrant, environmentally sustainable building. Unfortunately, the building has not been able to begin holding classes for students in 2020 due to Covid-19, but is now complete and available when students are able to return to campus.