The rectangular building has a glass façade wrapped in a shading screen, or brise soleil, that controls direct sunlight onto the glass. This idea comes from the tradition of corporate headquarters of the mid-20th Century, and we are recapturing it using digital design techniques and new materials.
The corporate headquarters of that period tended to have the external walls of glass buildings shaded by elaborated lattices or grids.
At ground level, below the brise soleil, is a series of columns that creates a covered walkway open to the whole university community.
It’s a welcoming contemporary version of the traditional university cloister. (Our University of Melbourne Arts West also has a contemporary cloister.)
We’re proposing that rather than being uniform, selected columns will feature a different commissioned artwork. There will be up to 15 bespoke columns each designed by a different artist.
The cloister creates a place to gather, a promenade that displays art representing the intellect and values of Monash University. It invites people in, making the Chancellery approachable and welcoming. It’s as much a landscape element as part of the building.
The brise soleil is made in modules, some of them simple rectangular panels and others more complicated folded shapes. The panels look different from different angles. They remind you of Escher tessellations.