woods bagot installs MUSE at sydney's macquarie university woods bagot installs MUSE at sydney's macquarie university
apr 14, 2014

woods bagot installs MUSE at sydney's macquarie university

woods bagot installs MUSE at sydney’s macquarie university
photo © peter bennetts
all images courtesy of woods bagot

 

 

 

international practice woods bagot has installed a flexible and engaging student space within a vacant brutalist building in sydney, australia. located within the city’s macquarie university, ‘MUSE’ (macquarie university spatial experience) is the result of an extensive student consultation process, which included an online survey, workshops and interactive presentations.

 

designed to meet the needs and requirements of the school’s students, the fluid space enables interactive, collaborative and social methods of learning powered by technology. throughout the expansive volume, recycled work surfaces are introduced and hundreds of old desks re-purposed as movable and flexible dividing screens. bright splashes of color provide a bold and lively backdrop, encouraging spontaneous encounters throughout the scheme. existing materials were revealed by stripping back added finishes and exposing the building’s original crafted concrete structure and the engineered column capitals. the design team created modular rubber furnitings, capable of being used in a variety of different ways – disassembled and reassembled to suit desired configurations.

 

MUSE also features spaces designed by bennett trimble and NBRS+partners, as well as a student connect zone designed by BNMH.

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
the scheme is envisioned as a flexible and engaging student space
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
the design in located within a vacant brutalist building
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
the end product is the result of an extensive student consultation process
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
the dialog with students included an online survey, workshops and interactive presentations
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
the fluid space enables interactive, collaborative and social methods of learning
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
distinct smaller areas cater for clearly defined programs
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
throughout the expansive volume, recycled work surfaces are introduced and hundreds of old desks re-purposed
photo © peter bennetts

woods bagot muse macquarie university designboom
students entering ‘MUSE’ – (macquarie university spatial experience)
photo © peter bennetts

 

 

project info:

 

location: sydney, australia
address: old library, c7a – macquarie university, sydney
area: 900 sqm
approx value: $1.5 million AUD
status: completed
completion date: january 2014
client: macquarie university
leadership team: georgia singleton, alan duffy, jo dane, kori todd, danny wehbe, danny chan, chang liu
photography: peter bennetts

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