Client: The University of Canberra
Value: $5 Million
At the centre of the University of Canberra campus is the Hub; a sunken court ringed by café and retail. An underpass connects to Kirinari Street and stairways ascend to the Concourse. The 2016 TYRRELLSTUDIO design for this central university space removes existing buildings currently enclosing the northern side of the Hub and replaces this built form with a series of broad paved and grassed terraces which gently step up to meet the Concourse lawns. Behind a brick screen wall a ramp connects the Hub to these terraces and to the Concourse. Sedge gardens step along the eastern side. Runnels collect surface water and direct it to the trees and sedge gardens.
Opening the northern side transforms the enclosed Hub from a place of deep shadow into a sun filled open court with views to the Concourse lawns. The Hub floor and terraces provide a variety of places for informal groups and individuals to relax, socialize and study. It can accommodate performance, discourse and debate with an audience gathered on the terraces and looking down from the surrounding Concourse.