"However, given the advanced style of learning environments proposed for the building, these changes were not radical more services-driven than structural," says the architect.
"The large light-filled atrium was ideal for a sense of connection across levels and the expansive, uninterrupted floor plates 2145m² at podium level were already ideal for the kind of learning-without-classrooms philosophy behind the campus."
One major change from office floors to campus was the density of occupancy, growing from around 1 person to 10m² to one person to every 8m².
To cope with the higher occupancy, Architectus addressed four principal elements. An additional escalator and lift were added to the design, mechanical services were upped to keep the building cool despite the increased numbers, bathroom capacity was increased and, lastly, the fire stairs were widened to cope with increased numbers.
"What is more surprising is not these changes to the design, but rather the relatively minor adjustments necessary for change from lucrative office spaces to campus and the potential to revert back, at a later date."
Woods Bagot undertook the interior design of the contemporary campus. Director Georgia Singleton said the company took an agnostic approach to the fit-out, allowing for a truly flexible, multidisciplinary and future-proofed learning environment.
"There are no lecture theatres within the space, instead the design fosters an interactive approach to teaching and learning a prominent aspect of the WSU curriculum," says Singleton. "One objective was to create an agile educational environment that enables adaptation to almost any university group."