University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 5

Flexible Environment Provides Next Generation Learning Environment

This student space at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a next generation learning environment. Designed by Woods Bagot, the student areas in Blocks A and B at the Haymarket Campus provide a fluid and flexible social environment with informal learning spaces ideal for group collaboration.

To understand and ensure the space reflects exactly what the students wanted, in-depth interviews were undertaken with large numbers of undergraduates. A fluid, informal environment encourages workshopping, collaboration, conversation and self-directed study.

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New features of the space include flexible environments for informal learning and group collaboration, known as the ‘sandpit’, spaces to relax or study, called the ‘sunroom’, outdoor spaces, courtyard and the ‘shed’, the latest technology, SMART boards, wi-fi, plasma screens to ‘plug in and go’ and a union shop, the ‘Hub’.


University of Technology Sydney




Sydney, Australia

Completion Date



2,100 square meters


ACUMA Awards – Best New or Refurbished Facility