In the first stage of a major campus redevelopment, Unitec’s brief to the ASC team was to redesign the Hub at their Mt Albert campus to reflect the heart of a world-class campus, and to support a more modern teaching and learning experience, fitting of a modern 21st century Institute of Technology.
The new hub will be a modern and flexible place where students and staff can gather, study, seek support or relax. It will be a world-class student gathering and learning environment, and will promote a blend of online, face-to-face and collaborative learning.
There will be a mix of spaces, ranging from café-style open environments merging with collaborative study areas, semi-enclosed library spaces, study pods overlooking the main space, and enclosed study and meeting rooms.
Some of the more interesting features are the new floating floors to be inserted above the current courtyard and the timber grid supporting a new high-level roof and the living green wall. The new main space will be triple-height, enclosed by richly textured walls and opening out to the east to the green outdoors through a large glazed wall.
Construction is underway and work is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of Semester Two, 2017