Monash Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building, Melbourne
The world-leading Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building for Monash University at its Clayton campus in Victoria has been designed by high-profile architects Denton Corker Marshall.
The new building spans four levels, plus a lower ground floor and roof plantroom, and provides a total of 11,400 square metres of state-of-the-art learning space for Biomedical Science students.
The laboratories are configured in an ‘L shape’ and wrap around a central glazed satellite preparation area providing smaller-scale more intimate laboratory environments for 60 to 120 students. Alternatively, the four laboratories can be combined to provide a space for up to 240 students.
The innovative new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building also features a 1,200 square metre informal learning hub that can accommodate 400 students, averaging 90 informal learning seats per floor.
Highly specified, some of these new laboratories will be built to Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) and the façade will be pressure tested to ensure it has a high level of air tightness.
A striking element of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building’s design is a hanging steel staircase that is suspended from a skylight truss and connects the various levels of the facility.