Darragh O'Brien Masthead

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Nexus

An experimental building to house the e-Education and e-Research centres at the Monash Clayton campus.

type Research and Learning environment
Client Monash University
Status Concept completed 2008

The project brief was to produce a concept for place where new ideas could be exposed, challenged, tested, simulated, applied, provoked, reviewed, rejected and supported. The design response is conceived as an organic structure, a matrix or scaffold within which the dual activities of education and research can evolve.

Capable of continuous modification, the structure supports current and future technological innovation. Using rapid-manufacturing techniques, the low-cost adaptable skin can be removed, replaced or altered as materials and/or building systems improve. The interior is akin to a production stage where moveable walls, flooring, lighting and rigging systems are changed to adapt to the next useā€¦one week a revolutionary lecture theatre, the next week a virtual operating theatre, then a train prototype etc.