MSD Building

A living learning building, the Melbourne School of Design sets a new standard for design education in the Asia-Pacific region.

The MSD Building has been an educational tool since 2010, with a myriad of exhibitions, touring opportunities, photo-documentation and studio activity around the site. The design of the building facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary engagement and the critical exploration of complex built environment issues.

The unique transparency of the space supports the vision of a pedagogical building. Exposed materials and structures, such as the underside of the Y-Stairs, give insight into construction techniques and fabrication. Features such as the steel mesh balustrade and open top gallery allow for sight-lines and transparency between levels. Embedded in the design is a commitment to sustainability and green architecture.

Awards and media coverage

The MSD Building has received numerous awards and enjoyed significant coverage in the media. Explore the accolades and articles that document the building's unique features and achievements.

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The construction process

Watch a series of short documentary films about the construction of the MSD building, as well as timelapse videos showing the build take place.

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6 Star Green Star Rating

The MSD building holds a 6 Star Green Star Design - Education Design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. It is the first education facility to be awarded the maximum 10 Green Star innovation credits.

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Corporate Support

We would like to thank our corporate supporters, who made donations to support the construction of the MSD Building. The list below includes spaces named in recognition of their contributions.

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Dulux Gallery
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Forbo Model Making Space
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Hansen Yuncken Studios
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Lovell Chen Student Lounge
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Leo Simon Entranceway
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Urbis Terrace