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Michael McKenna - Works

RMIT UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & IT - FLEXIBLE LEARNING FACILITIES
RMIT UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE

This project is for RMIT University providing a Flexible Learning Centre for the University\'s School of Computer Science and Information Technology.

The design responds to the requirements for contemporary learning spaces, that respond to the changed ways IT learning is happening - directional \'chalk and talk\' learning, gives way to tutored self-learning with computers.

The department is located in the upper levels of a multi storey building facing Swanston Street. The Learning Centre provides three Syndicate Rooms, an Oasis, Help Desk, Hot Desk Area, Research Room, Offices, Staff and Student Lounges.

The Syndicate Rooms are fitted with an assortment of serviced “Kitchen Tables” each for four to eight students. The tables are scattered through the Rooms, forming a relaxed environment, where interactive learning is encouraged. There is an elliptical “Oasis” Room for small group learning. Overhead services are exposed, providing a cost effective redevelopment. The interior architecture features off white laboratory spaces with perspex double helix cable droppers for a striking interior effect.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2000-02.