Newcastle Law students study at award-winning NUSpace
The University of Newcastle’s UON’s NUspace, designed in collaboration with Melbourne-based Lyons and the Hunter’s EJE Architecture, received the top Newcastle Jury Prize as well as three further awards for Educational Architecture, Interior Architecture and Urban Design.
Officially opened in 2017 and delivering new academic and research programs in business, law and emerging fields including creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship, NUspace has made an impressive mark on the region.
The building is a $95 million landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD, harnessing the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience.
NUspace is part of the University of Newcastle’s City campus, offering university-supported activities across all faculties including
- digital library services and information commons;
- collaborative learning and research spaces;
- work integrated learning;
- facilities for industry, professional and community engagement; and
- social spaces.
Another highlight of the building is the contemporary teaching spaces, which reflect new ways of learning that focus on collaboration and group work, as well as harnessing technology. Standard lecture theatres have been replaced with flexible working spaces and booth seating. The customized teaching spaces are located on the first three levels. Levels 4 to 8 feature smaller teaching spaces, and staff areas. Scattered throughout NUspace are social spaces and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.
Services in NUspace include secure bike storage for over 215 bikes for staff and students located in the former loading dock of University House, plus showers and lockers. A café is located on the ground floor of NUspace operating from Monday to Saturday.
The NUspace smart design has been awarded 5 green stars. With a focus on sustainability and minimizing energy consumption, features of the building include external sun shading, high performance double glazing and thermally engineered aluminum frames. NUspace maximizes natural ventilation, and uses rainwater harvesting and reuse for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.
NUspace is supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million, and $40 million invested by the university.