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Designing the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest vertical campus on a tight 1,943 sqm site does not come without its challenges, but it was a project Woods Bagot had the confidence to take on in partnership with property investor ISPT and Victoria University (VU).
The new Victoria University City Tower consolidates a number of VU’s former campuses into the one vertical education facility to create a dynamic and interactive community of learning where each floor is a street, each school is a neighbourhood, and together, a whole city is formed within the campus.
A passionate advocate for the role design plays in fostering learning, Woods Bagot Principal Sarah Ball said VU was unique as it was essentially taking a university campus with a wide array of disciplines and courses and placing it in a vertical building.
“One of the complexities was working out how you arrange these courses in a tower as you need to assess what was complementary and what worked adjacent together, while ensuring the learning spaces met current and future needs,”