- Article by Online Editor
UK practice Wilkinson Eyre and Australian firm Sinclair Knight Merz have won the tender to design the new Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) at Melbourne’s Swinburne University.
The $100 million facility will be the latest addition to Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus, providing a hub for research, training and education in advanced manufacturing and further building on the University’s reputation as a leading research institute.
An initial entry pool of 24 architectural firms was whittled down to a shortlist of five. Wilkinson Eyre + SKM was selected above other shortlisted entries submitted by HASSELL, Cox Architects, H2O Architects and Newpolis.
Wilkinson Eyre + SKM’s design comprises a six-storey building that sits above a retained Victorian façade at street level on Burwood Road. Vertical fins, inspired by engine turbine blades, are modeled for optimum solar shading while also achieving transparency and giving the building skin a three-dimensional form.
The project is to be part-funded by the Federal Government, which pledged $40 million to the project in June 2010 as part of its Education Investment Fund. The AMC also boasts multi-national companies Boeing and Suntech Power Holdings as foundation partners for the state-of-the-art centre.
Construction is expected to begin in 2011, with a completion date in 2013.