Massey University Student Village and Activities Centre Concept Design Study
In a time when universities around the world compete to attract the best teachers and students, a cohesive and attractive environment is an important selling point for universities. S&T sought to enhance the existing strengths of Massey University’s cohesive architectural style in a detailed design study.
S&T explored how the campus could create a “sense of place” through the application of an urban design sensibility. The brief called for 750 new student beds in apartments and residence halls, as well as a new Student Amenities Centre within a reviewed master plan. S&T suggested ways to create a central “heart of campus” with activated areas for enhanced student interactions and activities.
The proposal was inspired by the successful campuses of Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University and the University of Virginia. It was based upon the continuation of Italian-styled buildings but integrated a dense fabric of connections which serve as “nerve cords,” initiating a social web amongst students and teachers. The plan was set forth in stages over decades, focusing on completing clusters of buildings while still considering the plan as a whole.