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  5. McIldowie Partners
  6. 2016
  7. Gateway Building for Trinity College / McIldowie Partners

Gateway Building for Trinity College / McIldowie Partners

  • 17:00 - 21 April, 2017
Gateway Building for Trinity College / McIldowie Partners
Gateway Building for Trinity College / McIldowie Partners, ©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    McIldowie Partners
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Project Directors

    Craig Brown and Steven McIldowie
  • Projects Architects

    Tony Di Lorenzo and Stefanie Greiner
  • Project Team

    Ronan Reid, Tom Crocker, John McIldowie, Ellen-Mary Terrill and Emma Ross-Edwards
  • Head Contractor

    Kane Constructions
  • Consultants

    Aurecon Project Managers, Van Der Meer Structural Engineers, Waterman AHW Services Engineers, Marshall Day Acoustic Engineers, Design Guide Building Surveyors, Trevor Main Quantity Surveyors
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©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke
Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Text description provided by the architects. The Gateway Building sits prominently along Melbourne University’s historic circulation artery, the Tin Alley precinct. The new building forms a dramatic visual connection to the University from the centre of the Trinity College campus. The brief given to McIldowie Partners, was for the Gateway Building to serve as a new interface between Trinity College and the University. Affiliated with Melbourne University since 1872, Trinity College is home to the prestigious and successful Foundation Studies program – an academic ‘gateway’ that prepares up to 1,800 international students for entry into the University’s undergraduate courses each year. According to Director of McIldowie Partners, Steven McIldowie, the Gateway Building seamlessly reflects Melbourne’s history in brick and bluestone masonry whilst being contemporary and innovative in its own right. “Where traditionally, education buildings look inwards, we aimed to showcase Trinity College to the pedestrian flow linking the College and the University,” says McIldowie.

©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke
Elevation
Elevation

“The upper levels are an intricate composition of textured brick and dark glazing creating an intriguing façade in a modern interpretation of the surrounding Victorian architecture,” he says. A clear-glazed atrium cuts through the building to increase natural light and ventilation throughout, creating a functional and visual link between the two street addresses for the site. Internally, a restrained colour palette and faceted timber panelling create calm, inviting, light-filled spaces that reflect warmth and a sense of timelessness. Extensive computer modelling and a complex structural framework were required to design the timber panelling, used throughout the central atrium and state-of- the-art, 300-seat auditorium. Much of the materials for these spaces were selected for their acoustic integrity; to optimise the sound within and reduce noise-bleed between each of the defined spaces. The new building serves as the headquarters to the Foundation Studies program, which was previously accommodated in leased buildings across Carlton.

©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

Foundation Studies is now served by a 300-seat lecture theatre, 25 tutorial rooms, five drama studios, music rooms and a physics lab, while Trinity College’s extensive cultural collections and archives are housed in a new gallery space and purpose- built displays. According to Trinity College Warden, Professor Ken Hinchcliff, the building has had a significant impact on the college’s culture. “The Gateway Building has brought 1,800 Foundation Studies students back to the Trinity campus, where there is now a much greater sense of belonging,” said Professor Hinchcliff.

©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke
Section
Section

“The first-class facilities have been stunningly successful, as evidenced by a surge in their demand for use. The building has been embraced by students, residents, staff and college alumni, as well as the broader University of Melbourne community,” he continued. From an urban planning perspective, this successful infrastructure has effectively blurred the boundary between Trinity College and the University. The Gateway Building has created a uniquely permeable connection, which Professor Hinchcliff believes is responsible for “re-energising the Tin Alley precinct and enhancing the collegiate experience for Trinity College students.”

©  Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Gateway Building for Trinity College / McIldowie Partners" 21 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/869491/gateway-building-for-trinity-college-mcildowie-partners/> ISSN 0719-8884
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