Barr Smith South common teaching spaces

More than 300 students participated in consultation sessions for a major refurbishment of Barr Smith South, which resulted in a visually engaging common teaching area. 

    Barr Smith South arches

    This project was the last in a series of upgrades under the Teaching Spaces Master Plan (2014-2019), which provided guidelines to improve the quality and sustainability of common teaching areas, and support small group discovery through flexible, tech-enabled design. The design of the Architecture Studio was done in consultation with first-year Architecture students who chose a floor pattern that looked like a 1:1 model-making cutting mat. The unique grid is mirrored by an exposed unistrut grid on the ceiling, which is intended for students to suspend their architectural models.

      Project overview

      • Location: Levels 2, 3 and 5, Barr Smith South, North Terrace Campus
      • Size: 1,400 m2
      • Cost: $5.2 million
      • Architect: ARM Architecture


      • Creation of two 90-seat common teaching areas, five project rooms and extensive breakout spaces
      • New studio for first-year Architecture students
      • Improved way finding and access to the external lift and student kitchen
      • New student restroom facilities
      • Upgrades to stairwells


      South Australian State Architecture Awards 2020
      Commendation for Interior Architecture

      Completed: November 2019