Innovative learning space fit-out for WSU’s vertical campus by Woods Bagot.
The fit-out of the Western Sydney University flagship ‘vertical campus’ at 1 Parramatta Square included tailored feature linings by SUPAWOOD on many ceilings throughout the 11-levels.
Designed by Woods Bagot, the fit-out incorporated inventive acoustic ceiling lining concepts which contributed to targeting a 5 star Green Star rating and had to meet the tight program the client demanded.
Without compromising the essence of the initial concept, SUPAWOOD provided value management solutions to fit within the required budget and then supplied factory prefinished linings which minimized on-site trades and installation time.
The $40m integrated fit-out delivers world-class educational facilities for the WSU School of Business and its nearly 10,000 students. The design emphasises the creation of flexible learning spaces which can adapt to changing teaching practices into the future.
Four innovative tailored products were developed and supplied factory pre-finished to suit the design concept.
Square "WAVE BLADES" in SUPAVENEER Spotted Gum dominated the ground floor reception entry ceiling. This effect is reminiscent of rows of square timber bunting set in pre-curved perimeter upstands. This ceiling lining achieves a unique effect and required even the fixing system to be customised to suit.
SUPATILE DIT Flush ceiling tiles in SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine have been used on about 3000m2 of ceilings over levels in flexible learning and open collaborative spaces, breakouts and staff areas. The acoustic tiles are set in an edged upstand and laid out in an alternating diagonal slotted pattern to create extra interest. Where needed, specially shaped mitred panels for diagonal cross braces were also factory-made to achieve easy and quick installation onsite.
Adjacent to the lift lobbies on most levels are arrival lounges which feature ceilings of custom made Boxes in Hoop Pine Plywood. The plywood boxes were pre-assembled in the factory with diagonal cross braces and designed in such a way they could be simply joined onsite. Specially shaped mitred boxes were made and supplied to suit the non-rectangular areas.
Square SUPACOUSTIC floating perforated panels in SUPACOLOUR high gloss white have been used in other open multi-purpose areas to address noise reverberation. These are also set on the diagonal to achieve added aesthetics to the area.
The success of these lining effects were made possible because SUPAWOOD provided a full design and construct service throughout the planning and the fit-out, which included detailed shopdrawings and expert consultation. All linings were supplied pre-finished from the factory ready for an easy install and with PEFC certification.
Project: Western Sydney University, School of Business ‘Vertical Campus’ interior fit-out.
Address: 1 Parramatta Square, Parramatta NSW.
Ground floor foyer ceiling - Square WAVE BLADES in SUPAVENEER Spotted Gum.
Collabotative and flexible area ceilings - SUPATILE DIT diagonally slotted ceiling tiles in SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine.
Arrival lounge ceilings on most levels - Custom Hoop Pine Plywood Boxes.
Flexible teaching area ceilings - SUPACOUSTIC perforated floating panels in SUPACOLOUR High Gloss White.
Designer: Woods Bagot.
Builder: John Holland Sydney.
Installers: Interior Works and Amicus Projects.
Photos: Nicole English.