The University of Notre Dame Australia Medical School at Werribee is a teaching facility for medical students with associated consultation suites and research facilities. A greenfield site in outer Melbourne, positioned in a burgeoning suburban district provided the location for this joint University of Notre Dame Australia and Mercy Hospital project.
Regional forces shaped and guided the development of the project. The built form undulates in mimicry of an imagined past topography of land and trees. Integrated planters follow the built form’s undulations and greater site planting mitigates the long gone local flora. Deep eaves respond to solar orientation and an angled building skirt provide horizontal planes that move around the building, shifting to define changes in function.
The University of Notre Dame Australia