Initial Design Concepts

Site Analysis

Forefront of our thinking- ECOLOGICAL DESIGN SYSTEM

Considering weather/climatic conditions, relation to other buildings, access to/from other parts of the campus, how many people can the space accomodate, distance from others working, what will work in the space (semi-permanent/semi-permiable), sense of enclosure, requirements of the project (outdoor space/wellness), seating, change of levels (elevations/dips), plants (soft/dense), structure of buildings.

Design language

  • Grid structure
  • Circle layout
  • Organic lines
  • Geometric
  • Group areas
  • Individual study
  • Using natural energy

Designing the space

  • Where is the entry?
  • Flow through the space
  • Divisions
  • Vertical elements
  • Horizontal elements
  • Overhead structures
  • Sensory elements
  • Biodiversity

First site – between Block 1 and 2.


Second site – behind Block 5.




Group – Wellness Study Space

Research: Promote Ecosystem Visibility

Increasing inclusion of surrounding ecosystems in an urban area. Help insure the urban doesn’t exclude ecosystems. Educational and the awareness of strategies for the actual workspace.

  • examples of sheltered structures, built or planted
  • social and physical context
  • visualisation
  • promotional
  • plant descriptions/labels/plaques
  • separate/connected walkways
  • vertical walls and box planting
  • wood paneling
  • organic or geometric shapes
  • private and relaxing/stress free
  • texture and colour schemes

VCD Approaches

  • brochures
  • booklets
  • public website
  • statement about the purpose of the space (poster form)
  • ad

Education and Strategies

“Healthy campus by open space design: Approaches and guidelines” examines the architectural and landscape design strategies and intentions for green, open spaces facilities targeting stress alleviation for learning environments such as those of university campuses in a compact urban setting. The physical design of green buildings that incorporate open space are a catalyst for integrated ecosystem. “For a compact campus, high-dense surroundings may limit the size of an open space and may handicap circulation and accessibility; on the other side, a small open space may provide its users more intimate contact with natural restorative elements and also a more controllable microclimate for physical comfort.”

  • Stress from the imbalance of environment demands and human capabilities can be linked to deteriorated mental health.
  • Outdoor environment and away from formal classes
  • Design that supplies substance and comfort for users
  • landscape design, spatial design and green design
  • Idea of ‘healing gardens’ ie. viewing vegetation/water/natural elements can relieve stress
  • Moderate or appropriate stimulation to promote positive response; layout, circulation, control, flexibility, responsiveness, privacy, spatial syntax, defensible space and certain symbolic elements are key architectural factors.
  • Green buildings have micro ecosystems, natural support system
  • Design strategies that are synergistic include a selection of native, adapted, and noninvasive species; for biodiversity, the landscape architect should also research the bird species that are likely to use the space
  • Retreat, fascination, and exposure to nature
  • People perceive their surroundings using the sense of sight, touch, sound and smell.
  • A densely planted area provides much more visual interest and is a source of beauty shade and colour
  • Create a sense of order and direction
  • Private and minimum distractions

We also have to be mindful of what VCD aspect we put in the space (poster, little free library, Plant plaques) that it is made from a material that is used of suitable for the space. It also has to withstand the weather conditions, have a clear message of the spaces purpose, and make sure that it is something students will respect.

“Healthy campus by open space design: Approaches and guidelines.” Web. March 20, 2017.

“UrbanEdge / Gustafson Guhrie Nichol.” Furuto, Alison. 9 June, 2012. Web. March 20, 2017.

Zen Garden :


Box Seating

Wellbeing Poster