Victoria Uni Lecture Theatres

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ictoria University envisioned Building C as a learning destination for the entire campus by offering improved amenity and functionality with new lecture theatres, informal study areas, and tutorial rooms.

So they commissioned DesignInc to create an innovative re-purposing of existing ground floor areas that transformed the space into cutting-edge learning spaces.

DesignInc ‘s scheme involved a significant re-think of the existing floorplate.

And that led to the infilling of an existing under-utilised external walkway.

That infill creates a new active building edge and internal street that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior.

It provides a dynamic link between the new contemporary teaching and learning spaces and the campus as a whole, together with a sequence of appealing informal study spaces.

DesignInc Associate, Jane Sayers said, “Our vision was to add a layer of material richness and pattern movement within the space. Timber screens interplay with the northern light, creating a biophilic instrument that connects the users to the ever-changing weather patterns throughout the day”.

The adoption of biophilic design principles invites students to inhabit and enjoy the spaces and remain on campus for longer.

The northerly aspect of the new infill floods the area with natural light.

Timber shade screens incorporated within the facade create a dynamic and ever-changing space as the movement of the sun throughout the day causes patterns of light to move across the floor.

Booth seating is incorporated in one of the lecture theatres to enable group collaboration during lectures and provide additional informal student spaces when lectures are not occurring.

This design innovation maximises space utilisation for the University and ensures the lecture theatres are in use even when not formally time-tabled.

This project for Victoria University demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of contemporary tertiary learning and will become a sticky spot on campus for students into the future.

Project Details

Project Size – 890 m2
Project Budget – $3,500,000
Completion Date – 2018

Project Team


DesignInc is an award-winning architectural and design practice with offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia.

The DesignInc Project Team for this project included:

  • Jane Sayers
  • Megan Morton
  • Clare Barclay
  • Sereni Naidoo
  • Emer Denneny
  • Stephanie Choy
  • Christon Batey-Smith
  • Stephen Webb

DesignInc’s multidisciplinary teams are united with a common vision to make a difference to the health and happiness of people’s lives through the quality of the environments they help create.

Building Services Engineering

Wood & Grieve Engineers

Global design firm Stantec has acquired Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE).

An award-winning, engineering consulting company, WGE provides civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, hydraulics engineering, and a broad range of related specialty services for clients throughout Australia.

The firm brings more than 600 talented engineers and specialists distributed across offices in Albany, Busselton, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Structural Engineering


Founded in 1981, Bonacci Group is an employee-owned Engineering Design consultancy specialising in structural, civil and facade engineering. They have accumulated extensive experience in a wide range of sectors including high rise, health, education, government and public, and defence.

Quantity Surveying

Wilde & Wollard

Established 85 years ago, Wilde and Woollard has an unparalleled record in the management of capital works projects. They offer a comprehensive range of services in all facets of quantity surveying.

Building Surveyor

du Chateu Chung

du Chateau continue to evolve as market leading building regulation and building compliance consulting professionals, operating in the private sector since regulatory reform in 1987. They have deep domain expertise in fire, life safety, and accessibility.


Dianna Snape

Dianna Snape is a well-established and respected photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in interiors, landscape, and architectural photography.

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