Stitching heritage with modern features
Our design for the Sylvia Walton Building is a modern addition to the Bundoora campus, with the original masterplan for the primary buildings completed in the late 1960s by award winning architect Roy Simpson. We designed the building with bold, modern features that are representative of La Trobe University’s future-focused values. To stitch these two realities — heritage and modern — we looked to the bush surroundings as our mediator. Light precast concrete replaces brick and aluminium inserts in Sandune, Wattle, Terracotta and Cinnamon are introduced, all helping the building blend into the neighbouring gum trees. Breaking free from Simpson’s belief that most buildings should play a background role, the facade brings visual interest to the campus. Constructed from over 200 precast panels with large double height glazed openings to the east elevation, it appears to have a deliberate disordered order, creating movement that zigzags across the building.