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Victoria University Lecture Theatre

The project is a new 220-seat university lecture pavilion with foyer over a single level at the Victoria University in Werribee on Melbourne's outskirts.

Visible and prominent from the front gate, the theatre provides a focal point - it 'plays tall' in the campus design by exploiting the organisational strategy of the theatre and foyer. The project and context were an opportunity to develop architecture not burdened with heritage constraints and it evolved from a seminal modernist project, Melnikovsí Rusakov club (circa 1927-8). The design takes the typological form of the flying wing from Melnikovís project, combining it with a project brief for a single storey pavillion.

The theatre is accessed via a vernacular 'lean-to' entry foyer expanded into this small public building. The colourful orange motif of faÁade and canopy provide a 'Pop' treatment against the staid campus architecture and the surrounding paddocks. This is a Morgan McKenna project and the Project Architect was Michael McKenna.