Monash scoops prize at Melbourne Design Awards

Friday 13 Sep 2019

Monash University has been awarded Gold at the 2019 Melbourne Design Awards for Gillies Hall, its new 150-bed residential accommodation complex on its Peninsula campus. The building is recognised in the ‘Architecture - Multi Residential - Constructed’ category, and has been celebrated for its design process and delivery of a space that reflects technical, social and aesthetic considerations.

The building, named after Monash alumnus and prominent Australian political satirist, actor and director Dr Max Gillies AM, opened its doors earlier this year and provides residents with a range of modern, high quality and sustainable living spaces, during a planned period of growth for the University on Peninsula campus.

The expansion of Peninsula’s facilities continues to develop the University’s world-class allied health, business and education precinct, further strengthening the local health and education workforce in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

Expected to be over three times more energy efficient than existing residential halls, the project is the first large scale building in the country to achieve Passive House certification. Combined with a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure, the building sets a new benchmark for sustainable design and construction.

Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows, and working closely with engineers AECOM and contractor Multiplex, the use of CLT is expected to have halved the carbon emissions associated with construction relative to a concrete structure and will remain as a carbon store for the life of the building.

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