The University of Western Sydney School of Medicine, based at the Campbelltown campus in the heart of the rapidly expanding western suburbs, as an integrated medical teaching and research environment based on the contemporary educational principles of student centred learning and collaborative interdisciplinary research. The School of Medicine, $50m building accommodates a new foundation medical school was designed by Lyons architects is located at The University of Western Sydney, Australia.
The Australian educational building contributes to a grass roots local indigenous health service culture. The facility was to be an iconic gateway to the Campus, attracting keen students and the best postgraduate research and teaching staff – a proud institutional addition to the western suburbs. The design also needed to fit in with the cream and terracotta brick modern ‘Tuscan village’ aesthetics of the existing campus.
These spaces include large collaborative learning areas, virtual laboratories and spaces specifically focused on team learning activities. All spaces within the complex are interconnected vertically with generous open stairs so that sharing between staff and students is optimised. Laboratories are designed on a generic platform allowing for changing research needs.
The solid East and West walls of the building are rendered in precast ‘brick’ panels, coloured to match the campus palette, in contrast to the transparent north and south facades. The ‘gateway’ administration module is elevated off the ground to create a spacious colonnade at the building entry, encouraging access through to the hub spaces for people entering the campus.