Not content with creating some of Melbourne's most architecturally interesting buildings of late, Monash University will go again at their Clayton campus with a new complex to front Wellington Road. Initial images show The Learning and Teaching Building will be a new multi faculty complex spanning four levels and will likely encompass an approximate Gross Floor Area of 28,000sqm.
Ground works on the project have commenced, with an overall completion date for The Learning and Teaching Building scheduled for mid-2018.
Monash University views the project as key to the University's southern precinct, creating a new focal point for students and providing a new entrance to the campus from Wellington Road. The Learning and Teaching Building forms part of the largest infrastructure development program in the history of the campus.
Included in the sprawling development is a new public transport interchange, additional parking, facilities for cyclists, public plaza and multiple retail outlets. Tiered lecture theatres, flat-floor classrooms, media lounges and laptop bars are also set to feature.
Open to all students and staff in furthering innovative teaching and learning practices, the building is a physical demonstration of Monash's commitment to the Better Teaching, Better Learning agenda.
More than 60 formal and informal learning and teaching spaces will provide an outstanding student-centred learning experience for Monash University and Monash College Diploma students alike. Comprising four levels, the new building will also be home to Faculty of Education and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching).
The transformation of the southern precinct is in line with the Clayton Campus Masterplan's vision of developing a vibrant and inviting campus.Monash University
The Learning and Teaching Building follows a string of recent investments by the university at their Clayton campus. Buxton Construction have all but delivered a new multi-level car park providing 650 new car spaces while the four new Halls of Residence have been recently completed by Brookfield Multiplex.
The four buildings have added an additional 1,000 student apartments; a follow-up to the award-winning Briggs and Jackomos Halls during 2012.
Add New Horizons and Green Chemical Futures, and Monash University's Clayton Campus may just have usurped Melbourne University's Parkville campus as having the most modern and appropriately daring architecture of any university Melbourne-wide.
The one Monash Clayton project that has yet to materialise is the new Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Revealed during 2012 and with renowned architect Moshe Safdie in tow, the project with a nominated value of $80 million was set to have a completion date of 2016.
In collaboration with Fender Katsalidis, the design duo were to have designed a facility which included a concert hall, jazz club, recording studio, teaching and practice spaces. The status of the project is unknown.
With The Learning and Teaching Building in its construction infancy, see below for a selection of images of the newly completed Halls of Residence.