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University of Melbourne
Block D
Adaptive Reuse

University of Melbourne
Block D
Adaptive Reuse

Client:
University of Melbourne

Location:
Parkville, VIC

Status
Completed 2024

Floor Area
1,550 sqm


Contact Person:
Ruth Wilson

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is growing and breaking new ground through important research and education.

The Brutalist-style Block D building on the University’s Parkville campus is playing a key role in the faculty’s evolution. Architectus is bringing new life to this older building, allowing the faculty to thrive while awaiting more extensive planned redevelopment.

With construction of new laboratory buildings delayed, Architectus helped transform Level 4 of Block D to meet FEIT’s immediate needs for wet lab research spaces.

At the same time, we also refurbished Level 2 to host laboratory experiments for coursework along with capstone projects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and Mechatronics, part of Mechanical Engineering.

State-of-the-art laboratories

The Level 4 fit-out incorporates advanced experimental EEE research labs and fabrication facilities for identifying and manipulating material properties. The labs include glove box systems, deposition systems and spectroscopy instruments. A Characterisation Laboratory also supports Class 2B laser devices.

A large Physical Containment Level 2 research lab for Chemical and Biomedical Engineering caters for the study of biomaterials as well as bacterial, mammalian, human cell, and tissue work.

The open floorplate provides an ideal setup for wet lab functions, with two new lab spaces split along the east/west orientation. Full-height glazed walls separate the two spaces while maintaining a visual connection and bringing in ample natural light.

Digital learning spaces
Level 2 houses specialist dry labs – known as ‘E-labs’ – which give students space to learn and conduct research with a range of digital technologies.

The level also includes areas for project work and informal study zones, as well as a flat-floor teaching and learning space.

A case study in adaptive reuse

The refurbishment of Block D is a prime example of successful adaptive re-use, demonstrating how innovative design thinking can bring new life to older, underutilised buildings.

These new facilities provide FEIT with the space and resources it needs to continue to be a leader in engineering and information technology.

 

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Client:
University of Melbourne

Location:
Parkville, VIC

Status
Completed 2024

Floor Area
1,550 sqm


Contact Person:
Ruth Wilson