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Hydronaut Security Kiosk

Architect: MADA (Mark Richardson) & Studio Bird

Monash University | MU09

Hydronaut is a semi-permanent security kiosk occupying five ground-floor car-parking spaces in an existing multi-deck car park at Monash Caulfield. Its non-intimidating presence provides panoramic sightlines across a shopping plaza, train station, car park and campus landscapes through lens-like portals. True to sustainability, handcrafted exterior modules stretch PVC truckside curtains over frames made from disposed exercise trampolines and construction materials. Upcycled materials also characterise interior linings, bespoke joinery, furniture and fittings. This truly interdisciplinary project aligns Industrial Design and Architectural practices through experimental materials, construction and design-by-making. The Hydronaut provides an overall sense of play and welcome while catering for more serious security operations. The small 50-squaremetre floor plan houses two offices, a kitchenette, control room and front counter, to accommodate an array of tasks including managerial processes, surveillance, interviews, public assistance and rest. Winner of the Australian Institute of Architects Victoria Award for Small Project Architecture, 2015.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The facade, which comprises a significant portion of the artwork

  • Tour Type: MU09

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2015

  • Transport: Caulfield Station is located directly opposite the campus. Tram Stop 57: Route 3 and 3a and bus routes 624 and 900. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Peter Bennetts


Building J, 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East, Monash University Caulfield campus, VIC


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