Contractor Multiplex has completed the new $225 million Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University’s Clayton Campus.
Designed by John Wardle Architects, the 29,227 square metre building has 68 formal learning spaces across four floors, each designed to facilitate and encourage class participation and group collaboration.
A defining feature of the design is the sculptural brick-clad “kiln” forms at the centre of the building, which are suspended above ground so that students can occupy them underneath, “imitating an amplified conversation pit”.
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The building also includes cafes across all levels, several retail spaces and meetings rooms, staff rooms and office space to cater for more than 300 Monash faculty members.
The Learning and Teaching Building was also built with a multi-modal, integrated transport interchange which was designed to increase capacity for buses and allow for greater ease commuting by the tens of thousands of people to and from the campus.
Last year Multiplex completed Monash University’s $145 million student accommodation precinct comprising four new residential buildings and providing a combined total of more than 1,000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.
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The contractor also delivered the $200 million RMIT Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD and the $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building in Parkville.
Multiplex was recently appointed as the lead contractor for Monash’s new $81 million Biomedical Learning and Teaching building designed by Denton Corker Marshall.
The building was part of Monash University’s multi-million-dollar masterplan for the Clayton campus which was developed as a framework for capital expenditure and as a guide for campus development for the 20-year period from 2011 to 2030.