Located across five levels at 100 Broadway in Central Park, the fitout for the UTS Graduate School of Health houses the school’s multiple disciplines under one roof, offering improved cohesion between disciplines, shared resources and facilities across the faculty, and enabling the introduction of additional teaching courses.
The fitout includes workspace for the GSH faculty and HDR students, various teaching and learning spaces, research facilities and a primary health clinic. Adopting an ABW workspace model, the design incorporates a variety of focused and flexible work environments and breakout spaces.
The design concept was developed through consultation with the University’s Indigenous Health team, and draws reference from the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which the clinic and workspace are located, the Gadigal people, in particular nawi (the tied bark canoe). The emphasis is that Indigenous Health is intrinsically woven into the planning, interior design, and ethos of the GSH. The idea of ‘woven connections’ translated into the planning through an interconnecting stair that ties all the disciplines together; workspace, teaching and Clinic. The introduction of a number of more informal gathering spaces encourages connections and interactions. In the interior design the motif of weaving was explored through texture, pattern and graphic image. Throughout a connection to nature, and the health benefits of natural environments, is evident.