Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings

After already passing the halfway mark of 2019, it’s an apt time to reflect on the incredible progress architects and construction firms have been making to shape the cities around us. The University of Melbourne will be opening it’s doors next weekend to invite the general public to take tours of the brand new transformative redevelopment projects which have been completed across 16 sites at both Southbank and Parkville campuses. 

Here’s a snapshot of some of Southbank Campus’ highlights this year

IAN POTTER SOUTHBANK CENTRE (IPSC) 

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Credit: University of Melbourne

Earlier this year, more than 1000 staff members and students moved into the brand new $109 million ICSP building designed by award-winning firm John Wardle Architects. 

The new building will house the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and has been classed as a “once in a generation transformation” featuring state-of-the-art teaching, learning, rehearsal and performance spaces. The conservatorium also houses one of the world’s largest oculus windows at 6 metres in diameter, including a 400 seat cantilevered auditorium, a 180 seat ground floor studio and plenty of multi-use spaces.


THE STABLES

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
The Stables. Credit: University of Melbourne

The Stables is a world-class arts facility located within the heart of the Melbourne Art’s Precinct. Historically, the building was formally home to the Victorian Police Riding Brance, however, it has now undergone a complete transformation with design lead by Kerstin Thompson Architects and conservation works directed by Lovell Chen. The building is rich in history and provides a unique space for students to create art within the 170 studios, and perform at the new 260 seat multipurpose arts theatre for dance, theatre and music performances.


THE HUB

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
The Hub. Credit: University of Melbourne

Another newly-completed space is known as The Hub, designed by Lyons Architects. The Hub is a dynamic space which is home to the largest performing arts and music library collection in Australia.

Other buildings which will be open for tours will be the ABC Southbank Centre designed by Cox Architecture and completed in 2018; Australia 108 designed by Fender Katsalidis; Boyd Community Hub and Testing Grounds.


A few highlights from the Parkville Campus include:

OLD QUAD

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
Old Quad. Credit: University of Melbourne

After a two-year restoration project, the University’s north wing quadrangle has been revitalised with the introduction of a towering stained-glass work by artist Tom Nicholson, and stained glass artisan Geoffrey Wallace. 

"The renovations in the Old Quad are uncovering the history that the University of Melbourne is built upon. Literally and figuratively."

- University of Melbourne 


WESTERN EDGE BIOSCIENCES

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
Western Edge Biosciences. Credit: University of Melbourne

As the university prepares for the next wave of scientists, doctors and veterinarians, a brand new Life Sciences precinct has been added to the University of Melbourne’s masterplan, with design lead by award-winning firm, Hassell. The aim was to produce a facility which could house a 140 pax cohort with a range of laboratories, informal and collaborative learning spaces, workshop classrooms and storage facilities.


ARTS WEST

Open House Melbourne: Explore the University of Melbourne’s new buildings
Arts West. Credit: University of Melbourne

Arts West is the new home to the Bachelor of Arts course and has been designed by ARM in collaboration with Architectus. The new facility is the most significant purpose-build education centre for the Faculty of Arts in 50 years, and offers a diverse range of facilities including digital, object-based and interactive classrooms, as well as informal spaces for discussion and quiet study alcoves.

 


Events of note:

  • The First Commissions exhibition will be shown in the Martyn Myer Arena during the Open House weekend
  • Kerstin Thompson will be delivering the 2019 Heritage Address, Monday 15 July at Federation Hall in Southbank
  • Bauhaus Now! exhibition will open on Saturday 27 July with commentary from Dr Ann Stephens and Professor Philip Goad, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture, The University of Melbourne
  • Fender Katsalidis will lead an exclusive architectural tour on Sunday at 1 pm
  • Designing Cultural Spaces and Precincts will feature an intriguing discussion Melbourne architects Meaghan Dwyer (John Wardle Architects) and Ian McDougall (ARM Architects) hosted by journalist Ray Edgar, Southbank Theatre 

Olivia Round

Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of urban.com.au. Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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