Buxton Contemporary is the new home for an extensive collection of Australian art; a philanthropic donation by Michael Buxton to The University of Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne
Australian Institute of Architects VIC Awards, Finalist - Public Design, 2019
Interior Design Excellence Awards, Finalist - Public Space, 2019
The site is located within the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus, which is also a part of the Southbank Cultural Precinct. The building integrates into the campus and re-purposes an existing heritage listed building.
The existing heritage-built fabric remains largely intact, with alterations to meet gallery use and environmental rating requirements. The new structure is set between the existing buildings and provides a courtyard space to assist in clearly delineating the new from the old.
The new building stands as a simple and elegant foil to the existing brick buildings on the site, and adopts a material finish to reflect the ever changing light conditions. Vertical planes have been used for the new building which vary subtly, shifting in scale and planar alignment. These shifts allow the building to mediate between the larger built scale of the street environment to the more intimate university campus.
The main entry to the building is through the existing heritage facade, re-establishing the original building entrance (circa.1916). Above this entry is an art display screen, showcasing the collection’s extensive cross-section of contemporary Australian video art.