‘A Social Setting’ – Northern Plaza by T.C.L

Northern Plaza
Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

Contemporary universities are becoming microcosms of our cities.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

Open spaces are now being developed not as decorative foregrounds to buildings but to host staff, students and the wider community in myriad ways; whether it is meeting, studying, playing, exercising, partying, dining, promenading or escaping.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

These are social spaces serving increasing student populations, rising on-campus residents, as well as responding to a new 24 / 7 activated campus paradigm.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

At the heart of Monash University, Clayton is the newly minted Northern Plaza- the dynamic student hub adjacent to the Campus Centre. Under-pinning this field of student activity are layered strategies for interaction creating a curated canvas of engagement.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

Within a 75 x 75 metre frame Northern Plaza hosts alfresco dining under a leafy canopy, event lawns, BBQs, decks, long civic scaled study desks, informal seating, terraces and linking promenades.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

This dynamic strategy invites the University population to come together in an animated urban setting, where music, exercise classes, student clubs, pop ups, cinema and exhibitions, or just lounging around, further enrich the setting.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley

A design that says the more life and activity the better! Source by T.C.L.

Northern Plaza
Photo © Ben Wrigley
  • Location: Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
  • Architect: T.C.L
  • Design Review: Monash Buildings and Property Division and Monash Design Review Panel
  • Client: Monash University
  • Size: 5000m2
  • Completion Date: 2016
  • Photographs: Ben Wrigley, Courtesy of T.C.L

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