CGIT Chadstone Energy Development

The overall objective for this project was to redevelop CGIT's Chadstone Campus in Melbourne’s south-east as a world-class specialist vocational education and training facility capable of meeting the current and emerging vocational training and allied research and development needs of the energy and utilities industries.

PMA proposed the incorporation of all three proposed buildings described in the brief into a unified design scheme. Building 1 is the Electrical Industries Centre, Building 2 the Administration/ Corporate Centre and Building 3 the General Energy Industries building. Views are provided from Building 2 to the north so that the outdoor training, power poles etc can be clearly seen. Transverse circulation through and between the buildings is clearly legible. Reception and public areas are shared where possible, as a strategy to maximize efficiency in planning.

PMA also proposes the incorporation of the centre’s gateway function with that of an engaging and dynamic boundary for the site. The orientation of the buildings maximizes thermal protection, daylight penetration and winter heat gain. Classrooms are oriented to the north. Double skins reduce the heat load onto the building. The ‘tapered’ massing and setbacks from adjacent streets serve to minimize visual bulk within the residential fabric.

Only very recently has advanced teaching and learning theory and practice recognized a third element: the site and building. Paul Morgan Architects has designed educational buildings and environments as direct teaching tools by revealing and featuring the infrastructure of the building, thereby providing direct access to technical information covered in the syllabus. Based on the ideology and program underlying this project, PMA proposes the exposure of building and energy-providing elements to instigate an immediate and tangible awareness of green and other energy technologies to students and the broader public. In the design for the Chadstone Development existing energy elements, such as electrical lines, are introduced into the interior of the trade workshop.

Student, staff and industry visitors will be able to access the Conference Centre and roof terrace, from which the photovoltaic cells will be visible. The roof pitch is at 30 degrees, the required angle for locating PV panels. As with other PMA projects, architectural expression and sustainable design are integrated.

Status: did not proceed