1888, built in the same year as its name, is a heritage listed former teachers training residential college. NMBW’s design for its renovation seeks to preserve, celebrate and complement the original heritage fabric of the building, while allowing it to continue to function as an educational facility in the 21st century. 1888 accommodates the Graduate School Association, hosting a series of staff offices, private and group study rooms, student lounges, meeting rooms and ground floor retail tenancies flanked by two large external courtyards.
The major renovation works include the removal of a 1990’s rear addition to restore the building to its original condition. This has allowed for the reestablishment of a north facing courtyard with verandah, deck and planting, and makes the original façade visible again to the public. As part of these works the lift has been shifted into the original building, providing equitable access to all levels while maintaining the integrity of the heritage fabric.
New materials have been introduced with careful consideration in relation to the original palette. The design includes contemporary, high quality materials that are also sufficiently ornamental and strong enough to engage confidently with, and in celebration of, the original Victorian architecture in both a complementary and contemporary manner.
This project is part of the University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct.