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Arts West University of Melbourne

Arts West University of Melbourne

Client:
University of Melbourne

Location:
Melbourne, VIC

Status:
Built, July 2016

Floor Area:
10 000 sqm

In Association:
ARM Architecture

Contact Person:
Ruth Wilson

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.

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“The focus of Arts West on immersive, interactive and collaborative learning is unsurpassed in the Asia Pacific region. This is the new force in humanities and social sciences teaching and research.”

Professor Mark Considine, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

Client:
University of Melbourne

Location:
Melbourne, VIC

Status:
Built, July 2016

Floor Area:
10 000 sqm

In Association:
ARM Architecture

Contact Person:
Ruth Wilson

Awards

Australian Institute of Architects (VIC) Educational Architecture Award, 2017

Australian Institute of Architects (VIC) COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, 2017

Australian Interior Design Awards, Public Design, Commendation, 2017

Learning Environments Australasia Awards for Excellence, Overall Winner, 2017

Learning Environments Australasia Awards for Excellence, An Education Initiative or a Design Solution for an Innovative Program, 2017

Learning Environments Australasia Awards for Excellence, New Construction / New Individual Facility – Commendation, 2017

Master Builders Association (VIC), Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30m – $80m, 2017

National Australian Institute of Buildings, Commercial Construction $25m to $100m, 2017

National Australian Institute of Building, Professional Excellence Awards, National Winner, 2017