University of Melbourne
Built, July 2016
10 000 sqm
The Arts West Redevelopment at the University of Melbourne is the new home of the Bachelor of the Arts. With its world class object based learning laboratories, integrated displays and digital studio, the Arts West development presents a significant opportunity for students to engage with the University’s archives and collections in new and exciting ways, enriching their experience and understanding of different cultures, eras and ideas.
Outside, the visual impact is immediate with representations of images from the University’s rich Cultural Collections. These images are abstract, encouraging exploration and interpretation – like the process of enquiry and revelation which underpins learning and discovery.
The new building, over 7 levels on Professors Walk opposite the heritage Old Arts Faculty Building, provides the University’s Arts Precinct with a dedicated, high-quality teaching and learning environment. The innovative design directly influences the way the Bachelor of Arts is taught with an emphasis on informal learning spaces and the use of space as a catalyst for the creation of learning communities.