The brief called for a diverse and flexible teaching and learning ‘student-centred’ space that would engender a collegiate community and ‘sticky’ campus. JCB undertook a highly collaborative process with the client to achieve this.

The 3200 sqm floorplate spanned a city block and presented multiple challenges relating to structure, services, natural light and wayfinding. In response, an internal urban campus is created, based on the principles of connection, experience, diversity, journey, engagement and choice.

A primary pathway forges cross-campus connections that link the entire floorplate. This is punctuated by a series of individual and communal break out spaces, supporting both study and social interaction. 

Teaching, library and administrative offices are inserted around the pathway, their sinuous forms responding to the angularity of the base building. This planning strategy allows free-flowing, intuitive circulation, assisted by a number of sightlines through the site. Classrooms are distributed across the floorplate, encouraging movement and interaction.

Furnishings and fittings were chosen for durability, warmth and colour, promoting a professional environment that attracts international students.

Awards:

ShawContract Design Awards: Global Education
2015

Date:

2015

Gross Floor Area:

5700 sqm

Client:

Monash College

Consultants:

SPP Group / CHW

General Contractor:

Schiavello

Photography:

Earl Carter