The Peninsula Campus is the third largest of Monash University’s urban campuses, comprising its major presence in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Gillies Hall student accommodation comprises 150 student beds in the form of studio apartments, two apartments for residential support, and common spaces to support the whole campus residential community (approximately 250 people). It was designed to meet the aspirations of Monash Residential Services while delivering on the high-level pastoral care model that has defined on-campus accommodation at Monash University.

It is Australia’s largest cross laminated timber (CLT) building that also achieves Passive House Certification (PHC). The CLT panels halve the amount of embodied carbon compared with typical concrete construction.

The project demonstrates Passive House as a responsible and viable option for large residential projects in the Australian context. The benefits of achieving PHC are already evident in this comfortable, healthy, thermally consistent residential building, which will continue to function as a low energy, climate resilient building into the future, delivering on the University’s ambition for a net zero campus by 2030.

Awards:

Passive House Certified
2019

Construction21 Green Solutions Awards: International Energy & Temperate Climates Prize
2019

Melbourne Design Awards: Gold Medal
2019

AFR Higher Education Award: Facilities Innovation
2019

Premiers Sustainability Awards: Built Environment
2019

Australian Timber Design Awards: Sustainability
2019

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
2020

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Interior Architecture Award
2020

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation
2020

AIA National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Commendation
2020

Sustainability Awards: Multiple Dwelling
2020

Australian Interior Design Awards: Sustainability Advancement
2020

Date:

February 2019

Gross Floor Area:

6500 sqm

Client:

Monash University

Consultant:

AECOM, Grün Consulting, Atelier Ten

General Contractor:

Multiplex

Photography:

Peter Clarke