Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The Sidney Myer Asia Centre is a multipurpose building that responds to a range of functions to serve the needs of both University teaching and exhibition space as well as the headquarters of Asialink – an education and business group.
The building is located on the major entry axis to the University and will form the southern edge of a masterplanned principal entry forecourt.
The teaching facilities support the needs of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies and incorporates a 500 seat lecture theatre, language laboratories, general teaching spaces and research bases for PHD students together with the necessary staff offices.
The building area of 5,700m2 has five levels on Swanston Street with the theatre located in the basement below. The creation of the basement theatre provided an opportunity to create a landscaped ramp connection diagonally through the site from a new major grassed open space to connect to university buildings to the south that previously were isolated.