Located a 5/10 minute tram ride from the CBD, Melbourne University is a densely packed and rich educational environment. The University ranks first Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). The degree programs have also been recently restructured – it’s been stream-lined with fewer overall study areas but still includes a great diversity of areas to major within those bands. This is more consistent with many international, educational approaches.
And it’s a great place to walk around, it’s so densely built but managing to squeeze in, or allow for pockets of outdoor spaces. The diversity is as much in the people that you see there as in the physical environment. One of the more recent additions
is the John Wardle Architects. “The design by John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) and NADAAA (Boston) has received numerous awards in testament to its commitment to sustainability and green architecture”. There are so many intriguing glimpses through, around and into different parts of the building and glimpses of innovative use of materials abound. There are also numerous classic, 1960’s and 70’s retro landscape spaces as well as ones from the original Victorian period of the university’s establishment in 1853.