The vision for the University of Sydney Business School is to create a global, 21st century business learning environment that fosters productive interactions with the business community, responding to the needs of current and future tertiary students in a compelling model of cutting-edge management education.
To this end, Woods Bagot has designed an architectural solution in the form of a series of boxes clustered around social, collaborative “glue” spaces. Responding sensitively to the local context, the school will use the surrounding street pattern as a parameter on which to build, activating edges and laneways with landscaping and pedestrian porosity.
The building will be set back from the property line, ensuring the retention of significant trees which, in addition to landscaped parklands, will create a sense of a “building in the park”. The school is zoned horizontally according to access levels from private through to public, and vertically with work spaces stacked on top of teaching spaces.
Referencing the historical context and creating a connection to the university main campus, the exterior skin is a contemporary reinterpretation of historic sandstone in the form of a double skin facade.