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North West Precinct

Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows and Outlines (Landscape Architect)

Monash University | MU16

The recipient of multiple state and national design awards, the North West Precinct is an exemplar of precinct-based, masterplan-informed approaches to campus planning and design. Described by the Australian Institute of Architects as “a matter of careful addition and subtraction, what one might call successful architectural surgery”, the precinct encompasses three revitalised buildings and a re-invigorated public realm. The design, by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects and Outlines Landscape Architects, delivers vibrant informal learning hubs and an integrated forecourt to Green Chemical Futures. The main campus intersection is reinforced with a formal gesture of folding concrete canopies, which offer access to upper levels while allowing for moments of congregation, observation and contemplation. Steel shades and coloured fins provide solar protection, and enhance existing structural rhythms. Within upper levels, the traditional central corridor and perimeter office have been subverted to create a series of centrally located offices, meeting rooms and support spaces flanked by sunlit corridors. The precinct features a landmark artwork by James Angus referencing a C60 molecule – a nod to adjoining research and learning activities. The project was winner of the Australian Institute of Architects National Urban Design Award 2015, Victorian Educational Architecture Award 2015 and Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design 2015.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Landscape and public realm

  • Tour Type: MU16

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Landscape

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2014

  • Website:

  • 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: Andrew Lloyd


Rainforest Walk and College Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC


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