The Macquarie University MUSE Space.
A space with a split personality. That’s Macquarie University’s new MUSE library space - a 4000sqm shell of a disused building at the University’s Macquarie campus. When awarding the design contract, the uni divided the site into four, giving four different architects a quarter of the space each. The brief was challenging: each architect produced a profoundly different design in their quadrant, the shell required a full services upgrade, a desire to maintain the “rawness” of the space and the required adaptive reuse of materials, added complexity and all set against a tight academic timetable and program. These were just some of the interesting challenges faced by Grindley Interiors when they were engaged in 2013 to fit out the MUSE space, which recently opened and students at Macquarie are now enjoying!