Back on campus at Swinburne University

Posted on Mar 18, 2022

Last week marked the official start of classes for 2022, and the return for many students and staff to on-campus learning for the first time in two years. We are also back onsite at Swinburne University, and thrilled to see the campus, and our many projects, come back to life.


As national specialists in education design, we play an important role in creating spaces that support next-generation research and innovation. Over the past fifteen years, we’ve collaborated with Swinburne on several major projects, including the award-winning Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) in Hawthorn.


A flagship development for the university, the ATC is the first education building in Australia receive a 5-Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. As a world-leading engineering-focused facility for education and research, the multi-level building is designed to both showcase and connect Swinburne to the public.


A bold response to its challenging urban setting, the pioneering design features precast panels dotted with circular openings, encouraging exploration and connection. The highly recognisable ‘polka dot’ façade has become synonymous with Swinburne, featuring in branding and on signage throughout campus.


Other key projects for Swinburne include the Factory of the Future, an important engineering hub for education and research into digital manufacturing processes, the Australian-first multidisciplinary innovation hub, Design Factory Melbourne (DFM), and the refurbished Architecture, Industrial & Interior Design faculty’s workshop.


Our latest project to enhance the amenity of the Hawthorn campus is currently under construction and includes a new café with floor to ceiling glazing, recycled timber floors and ceiling, and a fully operational commercial kitchen.



A global leader in educational and research, the iconic Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) by H2o, celebrated in this fantastic animation by Swinburne.