Work will soon begin on Swinburne’s new Latelab and student hub, providing additional secure space on campus for students to study and interact.
To be constructed by redeveloping the 27 John St building opposite the Library at out Hawthorn campus, this space has been co-created with students through a series of workshops, surveys, polls and on-campus pop ups throughout 2023.
Melbourne-based architecture firm Kosloff Architecture was appointed last year to lead the design process for the new Latelab and student hub.
The new Latelab and student hub part of our next gen_campus transformation, elevating the student experience and ensuring our campuses meet the needs and expectations of contemporary vocational and higher education students.
An artists' impression of the new Latelab and student hub, with plenty of space for students to collaborate and study. Image: Kosloff Architecture.
Your new favourite spot on campus
Swinburne’s new Latelab and student hub will provide students with additional secure, 24-hour spaces to work and study on campus.
The new hub will be developed across the four floors of the 27 John St building opposite the Library.
Students will be able to make use of accessible indoor and outdoor kitchen, common room and dining spaces, with almost 20 per cent more capacity than is currently offered at the existing Latelab and Atrium.
An artists' impression of the student kitchen and outdoor terrace in the new Latelab and student hub. Image: Kosloff Architecture.
By students, for students
The functional usage and design options of the new Latelab and student hub have been informed by the input of students on everything from layout, types of spaces and interior styling options.
In addition to a series of collaborative co-creation workshops, thousands of students had their say through polls and surveys, ensuring the new space is representative of the expectations and needs of all students.
Light and sound were key themes that came up during the collaborative design process, with experience in the current Latelab providing a foundation for improvements to be realised in the new space.
The space will be developed with the aim of making the space welcoming, accessible and functional for all students.
Students who participated in the co-creation of the new development were particularly interested in ways to segment quiet and collaborative learning and study spaces to ensure there are opportunities for a variety of uses in the building.
The provision of mixed use seating and access to charging ports are also key suggestions reflected in the designs.