MADA students design foyer for new Monash facility

Photo from left: Ruth Schneider (BDI), Samantha Walker (BDI), Hayden Doward (MADA), Robert Janes (MADA), Morgan Ferruccio (IT), Charlotte Denham (MADA), Claudia Del Campo Marin (BDI).

MADA students recently teamed up with the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) to design the foyer for their incredible new facility on the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Their work was unveiled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a special ceremony 14 November.

For the students, it was an opportunity to gain practical experience by working on a project with a real client and real deadlines. For BDI, it was an opportunity to infuse their foyer with a design born of the same collaborative spirit that is fundamental to the Institute itself.

To create the foyer’s look and feel, MADA Interior Architecture students Ken Wu and Hooi Ling Gui interned with Jane Caught and Amelia Borg of Melbourne’s Sibling Architecture. Together, they created a space filled with motifs and textures that reflect BDI’s focus on research into global health priority areas. From seats covered in multi-hewed fabric resembling bacteria in a petri dish to walls covered in a multi-faceted fibreglass like the surface of a crystal lattice, their design is as beautiful as it is functional.

Complimenting the work with Sibling, MADA Communication Design students Charlotte Denham, Hayden Doward, and Robert Janes worked with IT graduate Morgan Ferruccio and MADA lecturers Indae Hwang and Pamela Salen to create a suite of digital interfaces for the foyer. Large screens welcome visitors as they enter, providing up-to-the-minute news of BDI’s work and information about upcoming events, while nearby, an entire 7 metre long wall has been transformed into an interactive timeline presenting BDI’s history. Throughout the foyer, a number of ‘oculi’ touch-screens allow visitors to explore numerous BDI projects past and present.

MADA’s Associate Dean Education, Dr Kate Tregloan was enthusiastic about the result. “Working with the BDI was a great opportunity to showcase MADA’s interdisciplinary approach to design, as well our students’ contributions and learning.”

BDI brings together more than 120 research teams from multiple disciplines into six global health priority areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Development and Stem Cells, Infection and Immunity, Metabolic Disease and Obesity, and Neuroscience and is located on the Clayton Campus of Monash University at 23 Innovation Walk. http://monash.edu/discovery-institute/