MPH Architects | University of South Australia, George Street Masterplan
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Concept design and master plan for the redevelopment of George Street to become a key landscaped link within the campus and the premier outdoor place for the campus, and an amenity for the broader west end community

University of South Australia

In association with JPE Design Studio

George Street, UniSA City West Campus

Key to the concept was turning this under-utilised street into a key campus connector that is adaptable for multiple uses. In daily use the space is a thoroughfare linking users into the campus and providing soft landscaped spaces for relaxation in a previously hard-surfaced area. During the University’s graduations the street acts as the spill out space housing marquees, photobooths and gown hire. The design includes opportunities for short-term recreation and sport, display of student artworks, pop-up events, movie nights and functions.

Three distinct zones are created within the street but are brought together through a consistent treatment of the ground plane. The centre of the street is the focal point and becomes the campus piazza, a large grassed area encapsulated in a flowing timber terrace for study and relaxation, but adaptable to other uses. To the south of the piazza a mixture of permanent and flexible landscaping create smaller spaces for smaller groups and a link to the  campus. The northern end of the street features larger green walls and water  features to create a gateway into the campus from the adjacent Health precinct and a method to filter the busy city noise.