Learning & Teaching

Superfloors, accessible AV and flexible spaces. A look inside Kambri’s new Marie Reay Teaching Centre.

As ANU continues to move towards a collaborative and collegiate learning environment, the first step – to reinvigorate the student learning experience – is underway.

Kambri’s new Marie Reay Teaching Centre, along with the four other buildings that make up the new central precinct, will make this bold new innovative learning and teaching concept a reality.

Are you teaching in the new learning spaces in Kambri this upcoming semester? ANU Online is running a series a workshops and drop-in sessions to familiarise you with the space and provide you with some tools and techniques to teach in these new and often active learning spaces.

At its core, the Marie Reay Teaching Centre consists of a variety of spaces including a new superfloor (note the word super – and super it is) that can seat up to 320 people (in a traditional lecture format), as well as a separate space for 120 people (on a lower floor) and nine smaller spaces for groups of between 30 and 60 students dotted throughout the building.

As you take a closer look through the building, you realise it will be much more than just a bunch of different sized rooms. This new space involves impressive-looking screens and easy-to-use AV equipment, and of course, the Scandi-inspired wood columns, beams and panelled ceilings.

The wood columns and beams, made up of laminated wood, form a distinct feature through the entire six-storey building. It is a feature that gives a warm, welcoming and non-intimidating atmosphere – one where teacher and student are not separate, removing any hierarchy between them. It is designed to be a space where both student and teacher bounce ideas off each other and learn from each other in an informal way.

The building will be a productive hive of teaching and learning activity, where students and staff co-mingle within each of the building’s corners to bring about a new era of learning – without the tiered seating that a traditional lecture theatre has.

First impressions

As you walk into the building off Caroline Lane Walk, (the laneway that separates the Marie Reay Teaching Centre from the nearby Di Riddell Student Centre and, the Chifley Library) the first striking feature that greets you, other than the Scandinavian wood-inspired detailing, is a grand staircase. The staircase, which is the building’s second-most striking feature, (at least within its entry) greets you almost as if its rolling the red carpet out to you, luring you further in, enticing you to want to see what it has in its floors above.

The teaching spaces

At the top of the staircase on level 2, you turn right and walk into the first space in the building which is designed for classes and lectures. This area, which seats up to 120 people, is referred to as a ‘Collaborative Space’ that includes four projector screens, 16 loud speakers, and four wireless microphones. Located around the outside of this open floor space are a number of breakout areas designed for smaller group discussions and breakout activities. When teaching isn’t taking place on this floor, the entire area can be used for multiple group gatherings, discussions and social get-togethers. The central area of this floor is the second largest one available in the building.

A quick walk across the centre of the floor and up another flight of stairs takes you to the first of three floors dedicated to a mixture of smaller 30 and 60-person classrooms. This floor also has informal spaces for students to meet and hang out to discuss their coursework or socialise (these are intended to be open for the full 18 hours that the building is open). A quick removal of a central wall between some of the classrooms, means that teachers can quickly turn a 30-seat space into a 60-seat one.

The superfloor

As the saying goes, the best is often saved to the last. In this case, the last and most impressive floor in the Marie Reay Teaching Centre is what has been dubbed the ‘superfloor’. It’s located on the top floor with sweeping views to Black Mountain, Canberra CBD and to the southern side of the ANU campus and is made up of one large space fit for up to 150 to 300 people (depending on the orientation of furniture in the room). The floor, with an impressive high ceiling complete with exposed cross-beams and black iron studs, includes three large projection screens, 16 loud speakers and capacity for three wireless presenters to interact with each other and large groups of people who attend to listen to their talk, presentation, discussion or lecture. As well as its intended purpose for teaching during university hours, the superfloor may also be used as a large events space at night. Tucked away in the corner of the superfloor sits an open courtyard, also designed as a mix use space for educational or social purposes.

Room capacity

Level Space

Ground floor

(underground from the main Kambri concourse / University Avenue)

Kambri carpark
University Avenue/Level 1

Entry/student commons

Can seat 500 people max

Level 2

1x120 people space

Can also be used as an informal teaching space

Level 3

Formal 3x30/1x60 people spaces

Can also be used as informal teaching spaces

Level 4

Formal 30x3/1x60 people spaces

Can also be used as informal teaching spaces

Level 5

Formal 30x4/1x60 people spaces


Level 6

Superfloor space x1

320 people max for public events. Ideal teaching capacity is 150

Informal learning spaces are also located throughout the building. In total, these spaces can hold 576 people.

Booking teaching rooms in Kambri

Both the Marie Reay Teaching Centre and the Cultural Centre will be used for teaching purposes.  If you are from the ANU and are looking to book space for teaching purposes, please follow the usual process through ANU timetabling.

For enquiries relating to Kambri venue hire and public programming, please contact Kambri’s Events and Relationships Manager - Matthew.sykes@wdmanagement.com.au.


For further information regarding the Marie Reay Teaching Centre, please contact eo.pvc.education@anu.edu.au

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