Today’s education spaces just aren’t what they used to be. But in a clear case of different not necessarily meaning bad, today’s education spaces tackle the same old problems of engagement and utility for students with a vigour and robust sense of innovation that has previously been absent.
Such was the case in Melbourne’s La Trobe University, whose Student Hub was recently upgraded by local Melbourne firm Harmer Architecture. Like today’s busy, hyperconnected students, the Hub does multiple – often disparate – things at once. Occupying a compact 500m2 footprint on the University campus, the Hub is multifunctional, encompassing a student development centre, breakout areas, and a transit lounge for students waiting for buses.
Fitout and furniture were considered particularly crucial to the success of the project, and the designers reached out to P4 for innovative solutions to the brief’s unique constraints and complexities.