Computer Science + General Teaching Building, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Monash University
Project 1990 – 1993

A new Computer Science + General Teaching Building at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.

The facility houses the Computing School, general teaching areas, student union facilities and two multi-purpose lecture theatres.

The building features aluminium-clad forms above a ceramic tile-clad, concrete-framed base.  The pattern of yellow stick columns to the colonnade sets a rhythm along the face of the building and a simple black concrete frame creates a three dimensional grid.  The lecture theatres burst out of the grid but appear to be held down by the frame.

Internally, the teaching spaces are ordered around a central spine.  The black tiled wall along one side of the space is counterpoint to the stepped white wall of the teaching spaces.  The sloping faces and the theatre forms extend into the foyer, and within theatres, the basic white internal shell is wrapped at the stage end with a dark grey perforated metal acoustic sheath.

1994 RAIA Victorian Chapter - Award of Merit for Outstanding Architecture Institutional - New