The Victoria University Learning Commons and Exercise Sports Science Project designed by John Wardle Architects is located in Footscray, Australia. As Universities compete to define their standing on the local and international stage, Victoria University in Footscray Victoria resolved to develop the ‘Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living’ as a world leader in the field of Sports Science and Biomechanics. The pursuit of such required a dynamic new building to facilitate, inspire and celebrate both athletes, students and researchers alike.
An opportunity to articulate the function of the building emerged following an exhaustive consultative process with the client. The expansive linear form to the north orients offices and learning spaces for passive solar gain. The zinc cladding is folded to form an integrated sunshading system whilst its colour field pattern emulates an ancient city wall as campus edge. Patterns within the facades references time and motion studies, athletic activity and local history.