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The Most Loved Space on Campus

Reid Library is an iconic existing at the heart of the Crawley Campus at the University of Western Australia, which thanks to an award winning redesign from SCHIN Architects, is a new Campus favourite.

Originally known for its brutalist-inspired architecture and somewhat forbidding presence, the Reid Library at Crawley Campus has been redeveloped thanks to SCHIN Architects, who have helped the library to become one of the busiest and most loved spaces at the University of Western Australia.

A theme of transparency & collaboration is central to the design concept of this project. The Ground Floor space now includes a vast array of collaborative spaces to suit many needs including semi-private study booths, dining areas, study facilities, lounge spaces, and reclining seating options. There are now additional multimedia technologies throughout the space including 350 power outlets for charging mobile devices, as well as Wi-Fi throughout the ground floor

SCHIN Architects were privileged that their client viewed this renovation as an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of a 50+ year old building. In order to achieve this goal, the Ground Floor was taken off the 1960s era central air conditioning system and refitted with dedicated mechanical plants that incorporate elements of natural ventilation. Glazing has allowed natural light to penetrate as deeply as possible, and organic response light fixtures have been installed.

According to SCHIN Architects, flooring was integral to the design of the refurbishment. As a 24-hour student facility, the interior finishes had to be highly durable, but also needed to respond to the ambient requirements of each space. Passive sustainable design initiatives throughout the space include recycling and re-purposing finishes from the original fit-out, as well as a focus on the specification of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified flooring from Shaw Contract, as well as furniture and interior finishes.

A highlight of the new space is ‘The Circle’, a glass enclosed multi-function room which is ringed in Alchemy carpet tiles from the Noble Materials collection by Shaw Contract. The metallic glints within the flooring, paired with the vibrant orange furniture draw the eye to this space, which will be used as a gallery, workshop, lecture room, and group study space.

Reid Library by SCHIN Architects is a Market Winner for the 2017 Shaw Contract Design Awards. You can see the full list of Market Winners here.

Photography by Peter Bennetts

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