Burwood Highway Frontage Building

Fostering an Academic Community at Deakin University.

Positioned at the entrance to Melbourne’s Deakin University, the Burwood Highway Frontage Building features academic and high level research spaces directed towards accommodating the University’s expanded Faculty of Health.

The building has been oriented away from the highway, creating two north-facing courtyards that act as social gathering spaces for the public and university community.

The building form comprises two interlocking shapes that form an ‘L’ configuration. The two parts to the ‘L’ shape are the Wing, which presents a gentle convex shape towards the highway over four levels with a silver louvred facade, and the Tower, which is an eight level form clad in striking gold louvres.

Interior spaces are more akin to today’s workplace environments than traditional academic centres. Academic work zones reflect advances in contemporary workplace design, providing a flexible environment with areas for individual work and collaborative team-oriented spaces. A highly energy efficient building with easy occupant control over local environment, the building includes under floor air distribution, active mass cooling, low energy usage, high water efficiency, solar hot water, solar shading, high levels of daylight penetration, rain water harvesting and cyclist facilities.



Deakin University


Melbourne, Australia


17,000 sq m



Completion Date


Collaborative Partners

  • Landscape Architects – Rush Wright Associates
  • Service Engineers – Umow Lai Pty Ltd
  • Structural & Civil Engineers – John Mullen & Partners
  • Building Surveyor – PLP Consultants
  • Quantity Surveyor – Wilde & Woollar

Approximate Value



Designed to meet a 5 Star Green Star Rating. 


Research, teaching and administration 


Shortlisted – 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards

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