This complex and striking building was delivered within its targeted cost plan and is testament to Monaco Hickey’s commitment to engaging with all stakeholders at every stage of a project, from design and development to early contractor involvement.
Successfully delivering this project enabled the Monash University Clayton Innovation Precinct to position itself as the leading manufacturing research and material engineering technology and innovation hub in the southern hemisphere. The New Horizons project is integral to the university’s 10 year strategy and master plan for this precinct.
A key feature was the architectural team’s striking facade design, bestowing New Horizons with an exterior that reflects the high-tech nature of the research laboratories within the building.
In addition, Monaco Hickey achieved $3 million in savings for the university by collaborating with Lyons Architects to explore innovative ways to pre-fabricate elements of the curtain wall facade, which eliminated the need for scaffolding on the perimeter.
Monaco Hickey also achieved $200,000 in savings on elements of the façade by working with Lyons Architects to substitute a German aluminium product with Colorbond, a similar Australian product
Efficiencies were also found in the structure’s energy use, with New Horizons ultimately achieving a 6 Star Green Star rating.
ESD rating: 5 Star Green Star (Design)
6 Star Green Star (As Built) rating under the Education v1 rating tool
Awards: 2012 World Architecture Festival shortlist