Arts Consolidation, University of Adelaide

Client The University of Adelaide Location Adelaide SA Value $2,500,000 Completion 2016

Tasked by the University of Adelaide to repurpose two floors of the iconic Schulz Building, Greenway set about creating two quite different environments in the building.

Part of the building has been adapted to consolidate a number of parts of the Arts Faculty, including a facility for the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music and other related indigenous program groups. The floor supports an open plan, activity based working environment, collocating staff for benefits in sharing of cultural and educational experience and knowledge. Care was taken in creating a culturally sensitive environment, as the space is regularly visited by students and elders from the indigenous community and other academic staff. The creation of a highly complex Recording Studio for contemporary and traditional Aboriginal music and speech, and to archive traditional and historical language and instruments, forms part of these environments.

Another floor of the building has been transformed into a highly functional, flexible, adaptable and open plan activity based working environment. Without a single client group to focus upon, Greenway and the University created a transitional space that will be used across all Faculties to house staff while existing spaces are being refurbished. Complex and integrated audio-visual technologies have played a big part of the design solution on both floors, where it has been used to create collaborative platforms for learning and knowledge sharing.