Brookfield Multiplex

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning - VIC, Australasia

Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed to design and construct The University of Melbourne’s new $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) in Victoria.

The building will house the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, regarded as the country’s leading education and research centre focusing on the built environment, and revitalise the campus core.

Spanning six levels and 17,488 square metres, construction will commence in May 2013 and be completed by the end of 2014 in time for the 2015 academic year.

The four key themes for the building’s design are built pedagogy, the academic environment, the design studio and the living building. Brookfield Multiplex will work to create a Living Lab in the building which will enable students to learn about building and architecture on site while construction takes place.

The design concept features a massive open chamber to facilitate collaboration and flexibility, and enable passers-by to view the vibrancy of activity inherent in studio teaching and learning. The heritage listed facade, originally from the old Bank of NSW on Collins Street, will be retained.

The building will also feature a suspended studio that will hang from the atrium and a Japanese room with cladding that alludes to traditional Japanese construction. Another special element of the building is an underground library with glazed skylights that will open into the building.

Brookfield Multiplex and University of Melbourne will target a 5 Star Green Star design rating. The project team are currently investigating numerous state-of-the-art environmental features including mixed mode heating and cooling, rainwater collection, water recycling, low-energy light fittings and bike storage facilities. The building will minimise the University's carbon footprint while providing a more amenable working space for academics and students.