Work to begin on UC’s Digital Screen Campus

We’re excited to confirm that from next week, our Digital Screen Campus will be one step closer.

Under the first package of work designed to transform Dovedale into the Digital Screen Campus, four of our existing buildings will be redeveloped.

  • Education Music (ED01)
  • Ōtākaro (ED03)
  • Henry Field (ED08)
  • Jack Mann (ED10)

Ōtākaro will be the first cab off the ranks, with work on its internal refit scheduled to begin Monday 19 September and will be finished for the beginning of Semester 1 next year.

Once complete Ōtākaro will house teaching, postgraduate and meeting spaces, computer labs, visual effects (VFX) suites, a motion capture room and more.

To compliment the building’s title, the original name of Ōtautahi’s Avon River, teaching spaces within Ōtākaro will reference specific waterway elements:

  • Hīwai: Spring
  • Māpua: Spring
  • Kōmanawa: To well up to the surface
  • Mātāwai: Place where water pools before flowing
  • Kāuru: Head of a river                  
  • Kautawa: Tributary
  • Muriwai: Junction
  • Korou: Major current

Here’s a glimpse at designs from buildings up and down Aotearoa New Zealand that have been inspiring the team when it comes to the innovative new look and feel for Ōtākaro’s interior:

Start dates for the work being undertaken on the remaining buildings; Education Music, Henry Field and Jack Mann, will be shared in due course.

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