University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture,
Building, and Planning
EXTERIOR
EXTERIOR
EXTERIOR
EXTERIOR
SECTIONS
SECTION
INTERIORS
INTERIORS
INTERIORS
INTERIORS
Developed in collaboration with Bill Mitchell (MIT)
and Gehry Technologies, this design explores
the idea of a creative research environment. The
building makes graduate and undergraduate
programs visible to the university as a whole.

The site plan extends the historic quadrangles-and-alleys fabric of the campus while doubling the effective, contiguous outdoor space. The new building provides clearly defined homes for intellectual sub-communities in double-height, naturally lit and ventilated spaces. Each “creative community” includes an open studio or research floor, academic offices, and support space. A digital nervous system of sensors and actuators maintains comfortable interior conditions while minimizing energy use through optimal management of an exterior smart skin system, mechanical systems, and lighting. When coupled with a continually updated BIM model this technology also supports learning and research about form, fabrication, and sustainability.

STATUS
COMPETITION FINALIST 2009

LOCATION
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

CLIENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

PROGRAM
180,000 SF. OFFICES, STUDIOS, CLASSROOMS, AND COMMON SPACE