Swinburne University – Factory of the Future

Swinburne University
H2o Architects
$2 Million
May 2015

Located on the ground floor of the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus, the Factory of the Future is a dedicated space for research and teaching and provides students and organisations with state-of-the-art facilities to explore innovative ideas for manufacturing next generation products.

Construction works incorporated the execution of a cutting-edge architectural timber design within an existing space, to create a contemporary learning facility for the University.

The refurbishment of the space was based around the eye-catching and uniquely designed two-storey timber dome. The dome was clad externally with applied finished plywood, and internally finished with a combination of plywood cladding, feature ceiling panels, and exposed structural timber framing.

The fit-out of the dome included workstation areas, amenity facilities, and a meeting room.

The Factory of the Future was awarded the 2015 Award for Excellence for The Use of Timber Products