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NExT Lab: New Experimental Technology Lab

Architect: Ample Architecture

City of Melbourne | C72

The New Experimental Technology Lab (NExT Lab) is a technology-focused makerspace at the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), University of Melbourne. The NExT Lab is dedicated to providing designers with the tools to shape our future by creating a space to experience, experiment and explore new technologies. Integrated into the space is a 3D-printing farm of 32 3D printers; augmented and virtual reality environments; 3D-scanning technology; and a programmable LED light installation. The facility not only provides hands-on access to new technology, it is also a space dedicated to hosting ongoing events to expand the conversation around technology and design, and to provide support, training and education to integrate this technology into design projects and research. All this equipment and the furniture needed to reconfigure the space for numerous different purposes are housed within a ‘magic’ cube clad in two-way mirror. The 3D printers, controlled online, magically pop out of the sides of the cube; bean bags emerge from the centre of the cube; while stools and tables roll out from the base to set the space up for a workshop, lecture or model assembly. All this then packs away back into the reflective, shimmering form as the use of the space changes throughout the day. At night the space dramatically changes again as the LED light installation inside the cube illuminates the space in an ever-changing coloured light display.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-5pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: C72

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, running for 15minutes, in groups of15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: "Augmented reality experience sessions 3d printing miniworkshop 3d scanning demonstrations"

  • Year Built: 2018

  • Website:

  • Transport: "Stop 1: The University of Melbourne/ Swanston St on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72"

  • Photo Credit: Dan Hocking


University of Melbourne, Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3010, VIC


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