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Eastern Precinct Project, The University of Melbourne

The versatility of timber has allowed it to be used for a variety of functions including decking, flooring, joinery, ceiling and wall lining, affording occupants with the opportunity to always be in contact with the material, either visually or tactilely. The versatility of timber has allowed it to be used for a variety of functions including decking, flooring, joinery, ceiling and wall lining, affording occupants with the opportunity to always be in contact with the material, either visually or tactilely. Dianna Snape Photography

Cox Architecture

Victoria Entries 2010

Key to this new learning precinct is the provision of quality built environments to support the institution’s new approach to student learning. Essential to this is a range of settings that promote individual and collaborative learning approaches, creating an environment that encourages participation and an extension of students’ time on campus. As the precinct comprises a variety of internal and external environments, timber has been crucial to achieving a cohesive precinct.

The interior design of the project honours timber in its association with domestic applications, allowing a warmth and familiarity to be brought to the education environment. Each of the timber elements contribute to a range of crafted, textured and intimate spaces that are structured to encourage students and staff to inhabit the precinct in accordance with current modes of learning and information exchange.

To form a true new learning landscape, interior timber elements have been designed to replicate the form of new external structural such as the pavilion. These timber elements are augmented by large communal timber tables which have been carefully situated in the precinct to heighten the sense of warmth and atmosphere that a domestic environment may afford. Furthermore the versatility of timber has allowed it to be used for a variety of functions including decking, flooring, joinery, ceiling and wall lining, affording occupants with the opportunity to always be in contact with the material, either visually or tactilely.

The various species used throughout the project have been selected for and utilised in a range of applications where function and aesthetic are priority. Subsequently the durability and warmth of timber was vital for the interior fitout which needs to accommodate many different users during each day. As such, Spotted Gum has been predominantly used due to its strength and durability, and attractive and varied colour and grain.
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