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Biology Building (18 Innovation Walk)

Architect: Kosloff Architecture, Callum Morton, Monash Art Projects (MAP) and Rush Wright Associates

Monash University | MU24

The Biology Building at Monash Clayton is a spectacular example of adaptive re-use and integrated sustainable design. Originally built in 1968 to a design by Stephenson and Turner, a new façade skin, entry canopy, foyer/gallery and landscape have breathed new life and amenity into the existing eight-storey building. Designed by Kosloff Architecture in collaboration with artist Callum Morton and Monash Art Projects (MAP), the new works address a failing brick façade, poor environmental performance and a lack of intuitive wayfinding and accessibility. The revitalised facility is outward-facing and inviting; delivers improved thermal comfort and performance; seamlessly integrates with its landscape; and offers future-proofed service ducts to enable retrofitting of additional research environments. Modular glass-reinforced-concrete (GRC) panels have been designed to improve building performance. This resulted in a 39% reduction in solar heat gain, a 28% improvement in thermal performance and has reduced cooling demand by more than 20%. Planting by Rush Wright Associates adopts the University’s native plant preference, incorporating water sensitive urban design principles, and responding to the particular microclimates of the site. A new foyer/gallery space features art from the Monash Collection, curated to complement the research being undertaken.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Entry Lobby, gallery and landscape

  • Tour Type: MU24

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2018

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Monash University and Andrew Lloyd


18 Innovation Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC


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