The completion of the new Law School Building is a key moment in the transformation of Deakin University’s Burwood Campus in Melbourne, into a modern and innovative learning environment. With its striking design, it is Deakin’s first leading-edge sustainable building with key design features including rainwater harvesting, energy conservation, glare control and occupant wellbeing and experience.

Deakin University partnered with Norman Disney & Young to design and deliver the Audio Visual (AV) Technology solutions for the project. The eight storey building increases Deakin’s teaching capacity with a range of large flat floor learning and teaching spaces for up to 120 students, and uses a predominantly IP-based AV technology solution and cloud control platform to provide flexible, secure and reliable collaboration between students and access to information and knowledge tools. Learning and teaching spaces include capacity for web conferencing and lecture recording to support a hybrid learning environment balancing physical teaching with remote and online learning in the post-COVID era.

An informal tiered amphitheatre space can be enjoyed as a large light-filled space for students to meet and exchange ideas, or simply enjoy a coffee from one of the many food and beverage offerings nearby. It also operates as a formal tiered learning and teaching space that can be reserved for classes and seminars for up to 200 students.

A Moot Court has been created enabling students to take part in real-life, simulated court proceedings and allowing Deakin to continue to attract some of the best young legal students and prepare them for the workforce.

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