The Challenge/ To create a demonstration project that incorporates exposed structure as 'built pedagogy' to enhance the education experience.

Our Solution/ Irwinconsult designed the structure to incorporate:
• Exposed concrete frame throughout
• 18.5m spanning floors to the Main Hall
• 12m cantilever to staff offices
• 20.5m spanning unique structural timber roof
• 3 storey studio, hanging from the feature roof
• Unique exposed steel Y-shaped staircases

The project has recently been completed and handed over to Melbourne University. Despite the remarkable degree of complexity, the project was delivered by Multiplex several months ahead of program, and awaits the new student intake in 2015. Read the Melbourne School of Design New Building blog here .


  • 2015 Interior Design Excellence Awards – Overall Winner & Public Space Winner
  • 2015 The Institution of Structural Engineers Awards – Best Education Project
  • 2015 AIA National Architecture Awards – Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture
  • 2015 Australian Timber Design Award
  • 2015 AIA Victoria Awards – Best Interior and Best Educational Architecture
  • 2015 AZ Awards – Best Commercial  ⁄ Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres
  • 2015 United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Awards – Hanson’s Green Building Award
  • 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards – Award for Public Design
  • 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York – Honor Award for Architecture
  • 2015 Architecture PODIUM awards – Institutional Built
  • 2014 Green Good Design award

The Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning represents the last major development site within the historic core of the Melbourne Uni campus. Structural and civil engineering design.

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