The key objectives of the project were to:
- Position the Arts West Building as a signature building and the primary learning and teaching hub for undergraduate students enrolled in faculty
- Co-locate staff and higher degree research students, collections and artifacts from the history and classics disciplines, within redesigned and redeveloped spaces in the Arts West Building
- Increase the number and improve the quality of teaching space in the Arts Precinct to facilitate innovative teaching practices and support the faculty’s digital humanities and e-teaching strategy
- Improve student amenity and create a sense of community
- Improve the energy efficiency and update the services of the Arts West Building in order to assist the University to meet its environmental policy and sustainability targets
The types of spaces within the building included:
- Lecture theatre
- Project learning spaces
- Interactive learning spaces
- Collaborative learning spaces
- Object learning spaces for rare collection display
- Discursive learning space
- Interactive learning cinema room
- Research lounge
- Exhibition space
- Seminar room
- Academic offices
The project was designed in 3D using Revit with full BIM capability (LOD 100 – LOD 400) for builders and trades to complete to LOD 500.
LCI’s design services included all building engineering services.
The staging of design and documentation included a number of packages including:
- Infrastructure additions and enhancements
- Early works package for enabling and demolition
- Main building and fit-out works
The University of Melbourne Arts West Building is now the central learning hub for undergraduate students. This newly redeveloped hub provides the space and facilities needed for the students to not only get taught in a verbal manner but also be able to interact.
This new hub will stay as the University's signature building for decades to come.
This design included environmental initiatives that achieved a 5 star Greenstar design certification.