Holmesglen’s new Learning Commons and Student Hub was conceived as a new social heart for the campus and seeks to redefine the student experience & accommodate the evolving learning requirements of the students.
The project involved the adaptive re-use of an existing 1970’s building and construction of a new wing to provide an innovative new Learning Commons, formal & informal meeting spaces, and Student Hub / Information Office facility. The formal and informal learning spaces were conceived to offer a diverse range of study and social environments and designed to encourage active engagement in learning as well as a welcoming location to exchange ideas. The new building acts as a billboard for Holmesglen, providing clarity of wayfinding and promoting activity to the heart of the campus. The important experience of arriving at the facility has been re-described to provide a vibrant destination & central hub with the inclusion of an active ‘urban square’ and a distinctive landmark building.
We have crafted an environment that encourages students to stay, not just for formal classes, but also as a place where they can study in private or in groups, relax, meet their friends, or grab a coffee. We recognize that providing collaborative & active learning environments is a key aspect of forming learning communities and social participation. Students who have a strong sense of belonging and feel part of the learning community are more likely to complete their studies.
The strategies of promoting the ‘sticky campus’, as well as clearly articulating function and connectivity has allowed us to design a transformative building which has reinvigorated the Holmesglen campus.