Swinburne University of Technology

H2O Architects

$2 Million

Time Frame
Jan 2015 – May 2015

Ireland Brown Constructions were engaged to construct The Swinburne University Factory of the Future. The works incorporated the execution of a cutting edge architectural design, to create a contemporary learning facility for the students within an existing space at the University

The refurbishment of this space was based around the eye catching and uniquely designed two story timber dome that was manufactured from a curved timber substructure covered with a panelised curved timber ply skin. These timber componets were modelled, curved and cut using leading edge computer aided design and computer guided cutters, before being skillfully lifted into place by hand. The timber skin mimics the constructions technologies used for submarines and space shuttles.

The dome was cladded externally with an applied finished plywood and internally finished with a combination of plywood cladding, feature ceiling panels and exposed structural timber framing. The fit out of the dome comprised of workstation areas, amenity facilities and a meeting room, all whilst utilising a variety of angles available within the 10 metre diameter of the 2 level structure.

Swinburne University Factory of the Future was awarded the 2015 Award for Excellence on the use of Timber Products – Timber Panels at the Australian Timber Design Awards 2015.