The University of Melbourne’s Arts Faculty had not had a major building development for 40 years, so ARM + Architectus worked up interiors to reflect the latest pedagogical thinking as applied in their curricula. This involved a major re-think to ensure the building being structured around ideas about, creating new flexible learning environments.
Contrasting this with very old learning models, such as 17th century dissection laboratories to generate areas as the Object Learning Lab (a museum quality environment) and The Conservatory (a 150 seat lecture theatre) for learning “in the round”. This level of contrast is played out further by the creative themes The Salon and The Warehouse. The Faculty of Arts specifically didn’t want standard-looking classrooms and the design choices clearly push the boundaries between interior architecture and pure decoration.
Principal at ARM Architecture Andrea Wilson explains:
“With the Montgolfier standard collection ege carpets maximized our ability to select from themes offsetting The Warehouse theme and the Highline 910 custom print and Epoca Knit collection truly express The Salon theme. These are matched with an array of wallpapers, ranging from those of the 18th century through to the contemporary interpretive. We showcase such diverse fashion drivers as Vivienne Westwood, Tricia Guild and Ellie Cashman along with works from Job Studio, Wall & Deco, Flavor Paper and Cole & Sons. Such themes as The Conservatory, Urban Jungle, The Bedouin Tent, The Parlour and The Teahouse could never have emerged with the same degree of character without the choice of pattern, colour match and contrast.”