Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Executive Workplace

The creation of an inspiring venue that champions innovation and collaboration while showcasing Australian research and clinical care is at the core of this project. Peter Mac’s new Clinical Informatics and Health Services Research Hub on level 13 of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a shared initiative of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The University of Melbourne. World-leading researchers and clinicians from the University, Peter Mac, VCCC Alliance members and Victoria’s public health specialists are enabled to connect, share insights and work together to integrate research, education and clinical translation.

  • CLIENT

    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The University of Melbourne

  • LOCATION

    Melbourne, Victoria

  • YEAR

    2019

  • SCALE

    1,400 m²

  • VALUE

    $3 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Jane Sayers Christon Batey-Smith
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Dianna Snape

The design is inspired by Australian terrain, integrating rich earthy tones to anchor and give warmth to the flexible work zone.

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The design is inspired by Australian terrain, integrating rich earthy tones to anchor and give warmth to the flexible work zone.

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Inspired by Australia’s terrain and Indigenous cultures, this flexible workplace uses landscape as an anchoring principal. Leading visitors in a journey to their destination, a key architectural element is an undulating timber wall that is inspired by a forest walk. Views open and contract as people move through the space. Timber fins and spatial landmarks establish a sense of journey and reinforce wayfinding in a logical and enjoyable experience.

The design approach maximises connections with nature through references to natural forms and materials. Being strategic about access to natural light and views, the use of translucent panels increases connectivity and provides visual clues to activity in dry research work zones.

The materials palette favours warm, coppery tones, referencing the rich colours of Australia's centre. Robust and durable materials are selected that incorporate tactile elements like timber, leather, and stone. Extensive use of spotted gum timber is complemented by recessed LED lighting to create a welcoming, ambient glow.

Traditional workspaces include a large boardroom, meeting spaces, offices and open plan work areas. In addition, an innovative, flexible event space supports a broad array of activities. These include informal workshops, lectures, interactive training and social functions. Touchdown points, easily reconfigured meeting spaces and conversation nooks increase the range of workspace options.