Flinders University Physical Sciences Building
Bedford Park, SA
Architectus has transformed outdated lecture theatres and tutorial rooms at the ground floor of the Flinders University Physical Sciences building into a new collaborative teaching and learning environment.
Two formal lecture theatres and 3 smaller tutorial rooms have been converted into a large flexible teaching space for up to 90 people, and two smaller rooms for up to 30 people each. Flexible furniture and considered services locations allow the rooms to be reconfigured in a multitude of ways to suit various teaching styles, whilst enabling the spaces to be used for out-of-class activities.
Facades have been opened to capitalise on views over the campus and invite natural light in. Doors and window seats have been thoughtfully positioned to provide greater opportunity for connection of the interior and exterior spaces, enabling teaching and out-of-class activities to occur and continue outside of the interior spaces.
The palette has been kept deliberately neutral with strong emphasis placed on main circulation paths where the walls, ceilings and floors are clad in dark coloured materials.
The strong window form not only respects the rhythm and design of the 1960s building but also act as beacons when viewed from afar. These square, black forms of steel windows and boxed compact laminate window seats indicate a change in the building form and highlight the new teaching space while acting as sun shades and lingering points.