Farewell to iconic buildings
The Rotunda and Chancellery 3A and 3B were both celebrated examples of ‘daring architecture with great presence’ when erected in the 1960s.
The imposing brick structure of the Rotunda housed seven lecture theatres and became one of the University’s main teaching venues. As the campus evolved there was a need for a more dynamic central campus precinct and the Rotunda was set to give way to a 130-seat Sound Gallery and 200-seat Jazz Club and Café, part of the new Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts.
Extensive use of hazardous materials during its initial construction meant that the Chancellery 3A and 3B – the “home base” of nine Monash Vice-Chancellors, University Council and the Academic board – could not be refurbished. Instead plans were drawn for a new executive building, a more modern and open space for staff expected to be completed in 2019.