Melbourne School of Design
This winning competition entry is for an environment to study the future of sustainable cities and places of inhabitation.
Within this building the next generation of architects, urban planners, ecologists, builders and landscape architects learn to work in a highly connected way. Our design in collaboration with Boston architecture firm NADAAA is driven by the idea that the building itself becomes built pedagogy and a broader studio environment.
The architecture, inherent planning, spatial arrangements and configurations, particular programmatic adjacencies and relationships foster a rich, dynamic environment that becomes a point of stimulus, a catalyst for creativity and inventive design research.
With its many inventive structural and environmental ideas, the building becomes a live learning tool for students and staff alike.
The idea of what architecture can give back to the community also works at the scale of the university. Connecting back into the network of buildings and courtyards, our design operates as an urban gesture reinforcing the workings and systems of the campus.
The transparent facades and open permeable ground plane reveals the creative and collaborative activities to the rest of the university community.
Follow the progress of the construction phase on the University's blog