Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC)
Architect: Harmer Architecture
Monash University | MU37
Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC) is a ‘5 Star Green Star – Education V1’ rated facility, designed by Harmer Architecture. Completed in 2012 it was the first Monash building to achieve a Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia and embraces the philosophy of healthy active living. The three-level building houses state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including a fitness centre, two multi-purpose sports courts, an exercise physiology lab, and a movement and performance studio. MPARC houses research, education and training facilities across a number of disciplines including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and teacher education. The centre offers public services and memberships through its gymnasium, group fitness room, group cycle studio and a two-court multi-purpose stadium with viewing platforms. The stadium has been designed with a self-monitoring ventilation system, allowing windows to open and close automatically in response to interior temperatures, keeping the courts at a comfortable temperature at all times. The building façade is based on an abstraction of surrounding roofs and ranges in colour from blue-grey to charcoal and terracotta. Each double-height brick was individually numbered and coded prior to construction to ensure a ‘camouflaged’ effect. MPARC was jointly funded by Monash and the Commonwealth Government.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 1 January 10am - 1pm - Booking required for this building
What's Open: Shared spaces, sport courts and gym.
Tour Type: MU37
Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at: 10am, 11am, 12:30pm for 30 minutes
Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible
Building Type: Sports Facility
Year Built: 2012
Transport: Peninsula campus can be reached via bus routes 775, 776, 782 and 783 from Franskton Station. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.
Photo Credit: Monash University and Sonia Mangiapane
Photography Restricted: Yes
Building W, 47 - 49 Moorooduc Highway, Monash University Peninsula Campus, VIC