The Monash University Law Chambers had to relocate from their existing premises in Bourke Street which provided an opportunity to plan for future expansion and improved amenity for the increasing number of postgraduate students and staff.
The requirements for the premises were for flexible teaching spaces with readily reconfigurable furniture, student support services workplace, academic offices and hot desks for staff from the other campus, plus facility management offices.
A ‘front door’ at street level and an impressive entry space was important to reinforce the quality and value of the facility. A flexible area was required which could be used for lectures and presentations and offered for hire to other Monash departments and outside organisations. This would be supported by ancillary spaces such as a reheat kitchen and storage area. Students were to be encouraged to stay on the premises and study individually or collaboratively. This would require informal ‘living room’ relaxed spaces and more formal areas with computers and enclosed spaces for group discussions.