The campus architecture is conceived as a ﬂexible skeleton; a dynamic adaptive system that allows itself to be populated and shaped by its users, expressing changing function and emotion over a period of time.
Recognising that physical environment is integral to education in the way that it shapes attitudes, the building had to create dynamic connections between spaces and the values of integral design and create a campus that would reflect its commitment to creating the next generation of designers.
The spaces of the campus are thus designed to be flexible and can be quickly repurposed. A central semi-shaded spine allows both circulation and community events. Lines of sight promote open learning and a fluid experience. A variety of spaces stimulate interaction and protect introversion. The fluid design thus permits surprising transformations, allows for change over time without being affronted or damaged and attempts to create a very human experience.
The campus had to enable the embedding of a creative community on campus, allowing students and industry peers the infrastructure to collaborate and engage with design. The programme requirements for the School of Integral Design include the ateliers apart from the student studios. Along with a computer lab, there are workshops for wood and metal prototyping and textile and garment construction. also include a photography and imaging lab and a ceramic studio.
The material palette and construction language of the School of Integral Design borders on the industrial, one that encourages playing with the building and making it one’s own; where one can carve out a personal space.