Formerly known as NMIT, the Melbourne Polytechnic Heidelberg Campus sits on a very prominent site on Bell Street in Heidelberg. It contains a range of teaching, administrative and workshop spaces.
The building has a fluid curved facade that gives the campus a strong presence on the busy corner, while providing a quieter area for student recreation on the sunny north side of the building.
The building facade deals with the noise and air pollution from Bell Street with an innovative approach to passive ventilation and natural lighting. A series of planted ‘lungs’ provide filtered light and air to the southern side of the building, with thermal chimneys used to exhaust hot air.