Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd Architecture

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY BUILDING J

Victoria, 1996

Building J at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus is designed to accommodate the facility of Health and Behavioural Sciences and was the second stage of construction following the first five buildings at the heart of the university. The building is one hundred metres long and five storeys high, sited parallel to the main vehicular access point to the campus. The University is located in the middle of the vast post-war subdivision of the western suburbs and adjacent to the Burwood Highway which handles high volumes of traffic travelling at speed. Within this context, Building J can be read from a car or by a pedestrian with equal success. The main façade has been broken into three distinct forms all with a monochromatic palette and each form has been detailed to express a finer grain of texture with different fenestration patterns. These combine architecturally to act graphically as billboard from a distance and surface up close.