Basement Foyer

The Basement features an expansive foyer with a large digital wall showcasing design projects and acknowledging our valued supporters, and houses catering facilities and bike storage spaces.

Accessible internally and from the eastern courtyard, the Basement houses three theatre spaces.


The building’s basement is home to Britannia and Goddess, a pair of impressive limestone figures representing Great Britain and Australia. Produced around 1860 by the English sculptor R.S. Jackson, the statues once adorned the entrance to the Union Bank in Collins Street, Melbourne.

The statutes are contemporary to the Joseph Reed fa├žade which dominates the western exterior of the MSD building.

More affectionately known as Ada and Elsie, they now stand guard over the School’s main theatre.

Eagle by Hungarian-born sculptor Andor Meszaros


The MSD Basement features Eagle by Hungarian-born sculptor Andor Meszaros. Eagle was donated to the University in 1971. Meszaros became known as Australia’s finest medallion sculptor and produced the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games commemorative medal.

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