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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, complete with workstations and a meeting room.

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 Factory of the Future received the 2015 Australian Timber Design award in the ‘Excellence in the Use of Timber Products – Timber Panels’ category.