University of Western Australia's 10,000m2Business School, designed by Woods Bagot, makes a significant contribution to the southern entrance of the Crawley Campus. A centralised hub of activity, creating a diversity of transparent settings, is planned spatially around a central three-storey atrium space. The building’s architecture reflects contemporary trends and innovations in the workplace sector, now being increasingly adopted in business education. These foster collaboration through transparency, drive student knowledge through experiential learning and perpetuate innovation through designated meeting spaces, group work, spontaneous encounters and quiet individual reflection. Equal focus was spent on the careful design of the academic workplaces. This is increasingly becoming a focus of university communities because of the growing pressure on the need for research. In particular, this has led to a renewed interest in the notion of collegiality and the potential for unstructured intellectual exchange.
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