“ProtoLAB opens to provide large scale digital fabrication capability” – Swinburne University Architecture Workshop Refurbishment

Posted on Jul 22, 2019

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“Swinburne’s new digital fabrication facility, ProtoLAB, formally opened this week. The expanded state-of-the-art workshop space designed by H2O Architects is home to industrial robots for large scale architectural design prototyping.
The ProtoLAB design features a glass façade, allowing natural light into all corners of the workspace. Prototyping, digital fabrication, design and making in progress can easily be observed as the façade generates interest and creates a spectacle at the northern end of Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.”
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“Civic Centre redevelopment” – Yarra Ranges Civic Centre Redevelopment

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Currently under construction, the H2o Architects designed ‘Yarra Ranges Civic Centre Redevelopment’ is due to be completed late 2020. The project involves the construction and refurbishment of the Council’s Anderson Street offices and will create new public spaces available for community use.
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“Homage duly paid to stone-built homestead” – Cressy Road House

Posted on May 27, 2019

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“H2o’s recent rear addition to an 1890s Western District stone homestead is a master class in how to do it right.
For a client couple who have occupied the Winchelsea property for 15 years “and who are old friends of mine”, Hurburgh and project partner Teresa de Miguel Barco removed the unsuccessful back-of-house structure and added a fascinating square of new rooms beneath a large central skylight which sits above the low pyramid roof profile like a chimney.”
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“Swinburne University’s design factory” – Swinburne University of Technology Innovation and Design Hub

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

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“Academics and university researchers are known for their untidy desks, with post-it notes dotted around their computers.
However, walking into the offices, shared workspaces and workshops at Swinburne University’s ‘Design Factory Melbourne’ located within the Innovation Precinct, is more akin to what would expect walking into a creative agency.
One of 24 similar hubs worldwide, and the only one in Australia, the idea for this ‘factory’ was first born in Finland by legendary architect Alvar Aalto.
“It’s about creating an environment that brings together often a disparate group of people, whether they’re researchers, creatives or financiers,” says Professor Anita Kocsis.”
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“Work ramps up on site of high-tech Science Research Building” – UTS Science Research Building

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

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Construction work has now begun on the new H2o designed “Science Research Building” at University of Technology Sydney. The facility, due to be completed in 2020, is a response to the increasing demand for research space in the heart of the campus and provides an additional “seven levels of cutting-edge labs and facilities”.
From Professor Dianne Jolley, Dean of the Faculty of Science, “The Science Research Building will be a high-profile research space that consolidates the research infrastructure of the Faculty of Science and facilitates integrated and collaborative research across the Science disciplines, and with other disciplines from across UTS.. The vision for the Advanced Analytics Lab is to be Australia’s leading accessible analytical chemistry research facility for academia, industry partners, small and medium enterprises, and end-users. The Lab will produce highly trained specialist mass spectrometry scientists for the pharmaceutical, biological, clinical, food and environmental industries.”
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The new 3 storey McKinnon VCE Centre was opened late 2018 by the Premier Daniel Andrews, introduced by the School Principal; Pitsa Binnion and MC’d by the School co-captains. The opening was complete with 4 piece brass ensemble and a fine mezzo soprano, singing the national anthem.
The building has been incredibly well received and features a simple classical plan, a vigorous and engaging cross section and robust materiality – being described as ‘industrial elegance’. Given this, and that H2o managed to capture 19 classrooms, 4 labs and various specialist activity areas plus BOH spaces, it is a remarkably tranquil place. To achieve a dynamic and inclusive learning experience for the students, the interiors are strategically open, permeable and incorporate neighbouring venues for learning, study and research.



McKinnon Library Hub

Posted on May 14, 2015






The McKinnon Library Hub represents a new outreach pedagogical model for Department of Education schools. It combines traditional storage/retrieval and resource library functions with teaching and breakout areas; formal and informal, internal and external, to create a new learning and social hub in the centre of the campus. Providing local community access extends the outreach concept to the general public, in this highly sought after Melbourne school zone.
The sustainable design features locally manufactured and fabricated precast panels, and sensuously and practically folded zinc cladding profiled to create fascias, down pipe housings, window reveals and low level seating for pupils.
Materials were chosen to meet low budgets, and to facilitate speed of erection and constructability constraints. Inset timber slat graffiti planks in the precast slabs are inspired by traditional African village Cray pot timber structures, crudely mud covered and white washed; often revealing the timber sub structure beneath. These carry building identification and extracts from the School’s philosophical charter.


Truganina P-9 School

Posted on May 14, 2015






Truganina P-9 School Stage 1 is a Prep to Year 9 co-educational school with a long term enrolment of 675 students. Truganina is a new, fast growing suburb, 21kms West of the Melbourne CBD.
The school has been designed to present a strong identity to the community with new buildings positioned along the East and North boundary with clear entrance points. The school offers stage related learning areas, and learning communities have been designed to suit the varying needs of different age groups. Building scale and materials choice reinforce its presence in the fast developing urban fabric, through the use of glazed bricks to Administration Building facades and exterior dados.
The colourful, Trespa facade panels to building side walls indicate slice through walkways between communities. Timber cladding has been used in the North and South Facades as well as in the framed pergolas. The school responds to its surrounding natural environment. There are direct connections from all learning communities to outdoor learning spaces.
The landscape proposal incorporates specific outdoor curriculum areas including science and food technology gardens, primary vegetable garden, sensory garden and performance areas, these being outdoor learning zones for a variety of purposes and group sizes.


Melbourne Indesign – The Collingwood Precinct

Posted on Aug 26, 2014



This annual industry event takes place in four precincts of Melbourne, Collingwood being one of them. A home to design, architecture and also H2o Architects studio for over a decade, a few members of our team ventured out to explore some of the local and Melbourne CBD showrooms for the afternoon.
We filled the afternoon with visits to multiple showrooms and pop-up spaces, chatted and networked with other industry professionals whilst looking at displays of new ideas and products.
A great day had by all. Our favorite local exhibitor… ‘Café Culture + Insitu’
Image: A few of the H2o team at Café Culture + Insitu


Mon Cahier D’Architecture – Paperback

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

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Avondale Heights Library was included in a beautiful little children’s activity book Mon cahier d’architecture by Maison de l’architecture et de la ville.