Faculty of Business & Economics
198 Berkeley Street, Carlton 3053.
- Constructed between 2008-9.
- Designed by Metier3 architects.
- First educational building over 20,000 m² to achieve a 5-star environmental rating.
The Faculty of Business and Economics building at the University of Melbourne represents the very latest thinking in terms of tertiary educational architecture. The building - marketed as "198 Berkeley" - is a fourteen-storey combined academic and teaching facility that includes a 450-seat lecture as well as teaching rooms, computer laboratories and offices.
Environmental principles and good design have been at the fore during the design process so that most internal spaces have abundant access to natural light. A 5-star green energy rating has been achieved courtesy of a black water treatment facility, passive and active chilled-beam cooling, displacement ventilation and natural ventilation. The external cladding is used to cool the building via a ceramic frit which has been applied to the glass and gives the building its 'splotchy' external appearance.
The large lecture theatre has been beautifully designed internally with an ornately decorated ceiling and excellent visibility throughout.