Monash University Caulfield

NH Architecture was commissioned to work on the development of the Western Precinct of Monash University’s Art and Design campus in Caulfield. The project was initially run under a Design and Construct model for Equiset for six years and then when funding for the project in this structure fell through NH Architecture received a direct commision from Monash University itself to continue the project under the NRAS funding scheme. The University was seeking to establish a new village that would allow academic and teaching space to be fully integrated with student accommodation and a range of retail and commercial opportunities.

A key aim was to integrate the University campus with the community and create an active, vital, and sustainable centre.

This was achieved with the help of extensive community consultation. The design for the new development links a diverse range of communities and creates plazas intended to be the heart of campus and community life, engaging with the masterplanning vision for the campus as a whole.

NH Architecture’s design for Monash Village on a 1.6 hectare site consists of a collection of six new 14-26 storey buildings comprising 1,000 student apartments, commercial office space, educational facilities, retail tenancies, a supermarket, and car parking. The network of vibrant open spaces between the buildings incorporates a north-south pedestrian street with lanes feeding into it from the existing retail strip to the west and the University campus to the east. The plan links into and reinforces the local streets, campus pathways, and connections to public transport.

This multi-dimensional project is an example of how variety and complexity can exist within the structured environment of an existing urban community. Monash Village is a project that exemplifies NH Architecture’s capacity to provide successful solutions to highly complex briefs.