University of Melbourne – Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning


University of Melbourne – Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Multiplex has completed the state-of-the-art $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) at The University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus in Victoria, three months ahead of schedule and in time for the 2015 academic year.

The 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 building is regarded as the country’s leading education and research centre focusing on the built environment.

Spanning six levels and 15,722 square metres, construction completed September 2014,the building was designed by John Waddle Architects in partnership with Boston Architects NADAA creating a world leading cetnre for education and research and to reflect the faculty’s values of built pedagogy, the academic environments, design studio and the living building.

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, has been retained.

A suspended studio hangs from the atrium roof and a Japanese room with cladding that replicates a Japanese pagoda is a feature installation. Another special element of the building is the underground library with glazed skylights that opens into the building.


Educational facility comprising of 17,000m2 over basement, ground floor, levels 1,2,3,4 and roof with facade to the Old Commerce Building to be retained


John Wardle Architects, NADAAA Architects, Irwin Consult Structural, Aurecon Services, UMOW LAI ESD, AVDEC AV, Electrolight Specialist Lighting, Oculus Landscape Architect,Buro North Wayfinding, Mckenzie Group Building Surveyor