Once the heart of student life at the University of Adelaide, the heritage listed Union House was largely deserted in favour of other developments across the campus. At the core of its reinvigoration has been the central Cloister around which the Union House is organised, but its form and materials provided impediments as did the perceived limitations on what was possible under its heritage listing.
Fundamental to the response was understanding the heritage significance of the place and that the existing treatment of the Cloister did not have the importance previously identified. This provided the ability to simplify and unify the space while connecting it to the surrounding areas. This has resulted in a successful new outdoor social, recreational and event space popular with students, staff, and the public, helping to break down the traditional barriers between the University and the wider community of Adelaide.