Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment /A+B

Deakin University is an Australian public university with campuses and learning centres throughout Victoria, Australia. The School of Architecture and Built Environment occupies a significant heritage building - a former woolshed - situated in a pivotal location on the waterfront in Geelong, a port city situated 75 kilometres south-west of Melbourne. The building's layout had been compromised over the years via a series of adaptations and its floorplan no longer aligned with the school’s pedagogic and research direction. The solution lay in a judicious use of resources; more editing rather than adding. This uncovered the most valued aspects of the original woolsheds – beams, skylights, columns – and met the school’s aspiration for a more open arrangement and recalibration of character towards one of “inclusiveness, friendliness, and graciousness”. Key functional relationships between accommodation areas were redefined, increasing the number of staff work areas by adopting an open plan approach to reflect the school’s teaching focused and student centred approach.