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Macquarie University has redeveloped their former library building as a series of social learning environments that can accommodate multiple ways of student working. Bennett and Trimble were one of three architects engaged by Macquarie University to produce a range of solutions to this project brief within three different spaces of the former library building. The project is designed for a three year lifespan following which the building will be redeveloped. Contemporary learning environments differ from traditional libraries in many ways. A single desk type has been replaced with a wide range of furniture to support a diverse range of individual and group learning practices. These include benches, carrels, meeting tables, pods, rooms, pin-up spaces and informal relaxation areas. Our project joined these various elements together to form a large continuous work surface to accommodate the diverse range of learning modes. We hope that the desk will not only support these individual and group activities but will also encourage broader student interaction and lead to a richer campus experience and environment. View more View full description
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