Victoria University's Learning Commons at Footscray Nicholson Campus has received top honours for Interior Architecture at the 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Since its opening in 2012, the Learning Commons has provided students with a warm and inviting campus hub and library complete with state-of-the-art facilities that meets all of their educational and social needs.
Project Architect Andrew Hayes from Cox Architects says the Learning Commons has been recognised for not only its innovative design and functionality, but also for its environmental and economic sustainability.
"The project has been embraced by students and staff alike as the new heart of the campus and delivers a unified environment for learning, technology, food and interaction in a space with the inherent familiarity of a city lane," he says.
"This significant transformation has also extended the life of the existing building with a greatly reduced ecological footprint and the innovative response to the brief allowed for an economic and efficient alteration."
University Librarian Ralph Kiel says the award recognises our commitment to student experience through an environment that fosters collaboration and innovative learning.
"We know students thrive in unified spaces like this – it's flexible and fit-for-purpose, so that different areas can be tailored for different uses such as informal classes, discussions and quiet study."
Check out another recent recognition of excellence in our facilities – the 6-star green rating given to the state-of-the-art Building and Construction training facility at Sunshine Campus.