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Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons

  • 01:00 - 16 December, 2010
Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons
Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons, © John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

© John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Docklands, Victoria, Australia
  • Architects

    Lyons
  • Project Manager

    Carson Group
  • Structural Engineering

    Robert Bird Partnership
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

    Umow Lai & Associates
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Watson Moss Growcott
  • Builder

    Hansen & Yuncken
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

From the architect. The new Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Melbourne’s Docklands accommodates a dedicated training and showcase facility for Australia’s automotive trades and manufacturing. It consists of high-bay workshop spaces, specialist workrooms, classrooms and office accommodation.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

A strategy was needed to develop an appropriate civic scale for this small public building in the context of its surrounding commercial urbanscape.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

We looked at the history of the Docklands to identify a gesture to allow the building to compete with its high rise neighbours – in particular the history of the ‘big shed’, evident in the adjacent railway sheds. The roof is a large, simple gable which connects ACE to other Melbourne based industrial training spaces.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The building also absorbs sources from automotive culture, and its relationships with the city; kerb signs, tyre treads, city overpasses, and the sheen of car showrooms. The interiors evoke something of the automotive predilection for contrasting the technological and mechanical with the finished and the smooth.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

The main foyer with its monumental staircase acts as the key circulation pathway through the building. Visitors experience a transition from traditional technical college materiality; raw blockwork, exposed steel and concrete to contemporary applications of carbon fibre and glass projection technology.

The shed facade system incorporates automated louvres which enable the workshop spaces to be naturally ventilated. The offices and classroom spaces are cooled by an active thermal mass system. In combination with other environmental sustainable design features the building has achieved a 5-Star Green Star environmental rating.

© John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography
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Max · June 04, 2011

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ando · December 26, 2010

Never been impressed with their work.

Ritchie · December 26, 2010

Have you seen the AIA Vic Hq on the corner of exhibition & flinders lane by them, it is bad reflection of Australian Architecture. Funny thing is these buildings win awards. lol

Vincent Beneche · December 19, 2010

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Sai Nihas · December 19, 2010

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lemi · December 17, 2010

The literal references to tires, tracks,mechanics is embarrassing. It wouldnt even have been deemed witty in the 70's. They make a mockery of fairdinkum Architects like Kevein Boreland, God rest his soul, who left Melbourne architects with this type of design inheritance.

Perhaps taking inspiration from the precision and articulation of automotive construction would have been admirable,like Katsalidis (UB). Its not like this building's aesthetic has any seductive effect.

More like another example of untalented Australian architects to getting government school contracts to procure out dated, unmemorable,inefficient and un-enduring buildings. Then they have the ignorance to post it with pride?

Big Bang Theory · June 07, 2011 07:49 AM

lemi,

This is isnt the 70s?
And goodness, it's 'Kevin Borland'.

Big Bang Theory

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Alex Gore · December 16, 2010

Better at night.

archi · December 17, 2010 02:22 AM

lol. Better with the lights off? :)

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