Victoria University Learning Commons and Exercise and Sports Science Precinct


$64 million

Delivery Method LS


Transforming the student experience, the Exercise Science and Sport Precinct and Learning Commons Project for Victoria University creates a new presence for the Footscray Park Campus to the north. A large courtyard sits to the south of the building, around which is wrapped a giant folded glass façade. Inside is a vibrant and diverse learning focused environment that supports both informal and formal learning with a series of spaces. The new building incorporates a number of highly specialised laboratory spaces for the School of Human Movement Recreation and Performance.

This $64 million development incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives and has achieved a 5 Star Green Star Certification. A thermal labyrinth and chimneys support a mixed mode ventilation system that services a new open plan workplace environment for academic staff. The façade to the north is constructed from folded zinc and aluminium panels coloured with reference to the landscape setting.

Hansen Yuncken partnered with John Wardle Architects to deliver the foremost sports science facility in Australia. The structure includes 1300 learning spaces, seven large scale collaborative teaching spaces and a suite of world class, high technology laboratories in five major disciplines underpinning Exercise and Sport Sciences. Upfront consultation and rigorous planning was key to the successful six stage handover of the 8,177m2 building and refurbishment for Victoria University.