Holding the title of tallest academic building in the Southern Hemisphere, Jackson Architecture’s design for Victoria University is based on a narrow site that maximizes every inch of the block.
The 32-story sculpted glass tower was built with world-class education and student use in mind. The hinged, folded facade creates a distinctive form, with a number of dynamic spaces located within the walls, with the Little Lonsdale street entrance having a number of historic features retained. A number of University of Victoria campuses were integrated into a single building, with each floor considered a street, each school a neighborhood, and an entire city within one building.
Woods Bagot took care of the interiors, with a design clearly influenced by Melbourne’s urban fabric. This has resulted in a number of diverse spaces that bring the excitement of the city indoors. Color is used as a tool to divide spaces, with warm tones inspiring student engagement and a range of seating options including group tables, lounge furniture, tiered seating and open benches to facilitate informal collaboration.
The tower visually connects to the street below in an effort to promote an active and vibrant culture. The student hub, located on level 10, is reminiscent of an outdoor space on a traditional campus, with green tones integrated between a student lounge, balcony and café. 48 specially designed classrooms to accommodate 18 or 36 students are found throughout the tower, with specialized learning and clinic spaces also found throughout the building.