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University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design

Architect: John Wardle Architects, NADAAA

City of Melbourne | C25

The Melbourne School of Design, located at the centre of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, is a state-of-the-art academic facility designed by John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) and NADAAA (Boston) in collaboration. A large-scale laboratory for built environment education and research, the building sets a new standard for design education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Officially launched on 11 December 2014, the design of the building facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary engagement and the critical exploration of complex built environment issues. The unique transparency of the space supports the vision of a pedagogical building. This concept is evident in the distinctive coffered roof with its suspended studio, and the porosity of the building that responds to solar loads, innovative construction systems and functional needs. The building features a studio hall on the first level; a soaring light-filled collaborative space that transforms the interior and enables explorative learning. Embedded in the design is a commitment to sustainability and green architecture. The Melbourne School of Design building has been awarded a ‘6 Star Green Star Design — Education Design v1’ rating by the Green Building Council of Australia and is the first education facility to be awarded the maximum 10 Green Star innovation credits.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Tour Type: C25

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: The Australian Ugliness is a keynote of this year’s Open House Melbourne July program and will be installed in The Dulux Gallery alongside a free month-long program of related talks and special events see

  • Year Built: 1960, 2014

  • Website:

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

  • Photo Credit: John Gollings, Erieta Attali


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


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