Woods Bagot has released the first images for the new gateway building for Deakin University, which it says will create a major impression at the entrance of the University.

An arrival point for public, staff and students, the new public courtyard will become the social hub and focal point for the Burwood Highway Frontage Precinct.

Unique to this project is that the interior spaces are more akin to today’s workplace environments than traditional academic spaces.

“A combination of office and more open-plan work spaces alongside informal and formal meeting spaces allows increased interaction and collaboration,” said Woods Bagot Principal Sarah Ball.

All open workspaces have direct access to natural light and support day to day activities.

“A highly functional and sustainable work of architecture, the building reinforces and extends the landscape nature of the Burwood campus and creates an attractive social and working environment by integrating general teaching, high-level research and administration,” said Sarah.

Completion of the building is earmarked for 2014.