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Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct

ASPECT Studios’ design for the Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct is a persuasive answer to the question of how to liberate learning from the lecture theatre. Developed in collaboration with Architectus, the project expands and blurs conventions in the creation of a generous outdoor space that elevates and reimagines campus life.
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  • TRADITIONAL OWNERS & ONGOING CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND Wallumattagal clan of the Dharug Nation
  • Client Macquarie University
  • Location Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, Australia
  • Year 2015 - 2021
The choices made by the landscape architects across the courtyard and the broader precinct works to emphasise these qualities. New layers of both native and exotic planting have been introduced in the understory, while species chosen for their spreading canopies will reduce urban heat.
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Elsewhere, a creek that had languished for years in a system of underground pipes has been restored and rehabilitated. In addition to creating a picturesque landscape, this part of the project doubles as a significant act of environmental repair.
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The precinct project as a whole works to integrate student values and improve their educational experience. The result is a green heart for the Macquarie campus that will support students socially and emotionally throughout their journey. The new precinct expresses the vision and aspirations of the university and creates a place that will set out to make a lasting impact on the student body and community.
  • TEAM ASPECT Studios, Architectus, ARUP, FDC Group, SCP, Capital Insight
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Brett Boardman