Deakin University Waurn Ponds Library
This project aimed to deinstitutionalize Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Library to improve the student experience and better meet their evolving learning needs. The new library offers more diverse studying and meeting options, it is a social place, a place to exchange ideas and engage actively in learning.
The building comprises a series of spaces including group and individual study spaces, a moot court, an IT training space and a 24 hour access computer room. The new layout encourages interactive study by providing open, booth style group study spaces, influenced by our hospitality work. A café has been introduced into the ground floor, serving on two sides - into the library and out onto new stepped landscaping.
The library is opened up by a new façade to its eastern side, gaining more natural light and providing views over the University Green to Corio Bay. The building edges are integrated with the surrounding external landscaping, so the re-fitted library sits comfortably within the existing central campus precinct.
2011 AIA (Vic) Public Architecture (Alterations) Award, Deakin University Waurn Ponds Library