The University of Sydney wanted to create new teaching facilities that encouraged the whole university population to use its new public spaces. The brief was to create an open, high-quality environment suited to lecturers, support staff and students and that met university standards, including for environmentally sustainable design.
The development included a teaching building, a faculty offices building, significant library space, student lounge facilities, lecture theatres and an auditorium. The main office tower features a multi-storey glass bridge forming an 'urban window' between the city and the university and includes breakout spaces, foyers and social areas.
In addition, there is a multi-level, below-grade car park for 420 vehicles. The car park provided a major opportunity to enhance the public domain in the heart of the campus.
Pillars for Success
WSP was responsible for the full design and documentation of audio visual, mechanical, electrical and lift services, and lighting for this award-winning and highly-customised education facility.
Key aspects of our services design included:
- Displacement ventilation systems for the library and lecture theatre
- Mixed mode (natural ventilation/air conditioning) for the faculty offices
- Operable shading elements
- Natural ventilation systems