The Media school - university of tasmania | morrison & breytenbach architects

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

The media school - university of tasmania | morrison and breytenbach architects

educational Architecture

The Media School – University ofTasmania by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects, is in a tucked away location within lively Salamanca Square. Here reduced building occupancy at The Mercury premises presented the University with an opportunity to create an adjacent learning environment within a heartbeat of the real-life application of course curricula it delivers. Our concept integrates a design supporting 21st Century educational pedagogy with the unique outlook this wholly interior space has of the historic Salamanca quarry rockface. Enclosed learning and office spaces are positioned away from glazed edges to bring in inspiring borrowed views and natural light. Curved walls of elliptical learning areas open circulation to expansive view-cones and easy movement flow. Carefully positioned glazing creates visual connection. Easily reconfigurable furniture encourages innovative use. Recording, mixing and technical areas, a bookable group study room and a popular hub for informal study, collaboration and social interaction deliver a fitting facility.

The Media School - University of Tasmania | Morrison & Breytenbach Architects | Photographer: Adam Gibson

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“Our wonderful Media School design invites students into a contemporary learning environment and provides staff with professional teaching and research space which encourages innovation. The spaces support collaboration but also afford privacy and studious quiet. The two teaching spaces with their open aspect made possible by clever use of windows into external spaces, make teaching and student learning a pleasure. The many curved walls makes moving from one space to another more of a flow than a navigation. While being an open and friendly space, some strategic doors enable just the right transitions (and security) between under­graduates, post-graduates and staff.”


Practice team

James Morrison – Design Architect

Yvette Breytenbach – Design Architect

Marc Walthers – Draftsman


TasCon Constructions Pty Ltd – Builder

Engineering Solutions Tasmania – Services Consultant

Engineering Solutions Tasmania – Hydraulic Consultant

Castellan Consulting – Fire

WT Partnership – Quantity Surveyor

Lee Tyers Building Surveyor – Building Surveyor

Adam Gibson – Photographer

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner
State Partners

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