Looking into the central courtyard, with planting shown
Main amphitheatre with new student pavilion in the background
Students occupying the central courtyard
students siting in the landscape.

Melbourne Connect and the University of Melbourne Student Precinct Public Space Tour

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ASPECT Studios with GLAS Landscape Architects 2022


Melbourne Connect and the University of Melbourne Student Precinct are two recently-designed adjacent public and educational precincts in inner Melbourne. This walking tour will take in the public realm of both projects.

Melbourne Connect is a purpose-built innovation precinct produced in partnership by the University of Melbourne, connecting researchers and students with government, industry, start-ups, artists and the nearby Science Gallery Melbourne. The public realm consists of three laneways and a central courtyard. The main point of interest is the vertical green living louvres, which bring greenery into the elevated courtyard, and help with wind mitigation.

The University of Melbourne Student Precinct is a revitalised precinct bringing together student services, entertainment and educational facilities. The Student Precinct was co-designed between university students, staff, First Nations representatives and a collaboration of landscape and architecture studios. Key points of interest include a new urban topography and pavement design inspired by First Nations stories of the eels and waterways of Melbourne.

Seeing both of these projects together provides an opportunity to see how educational and public realm design can address current cultural and urban issues. 

What's On

This event will involve a group walk through Melbourne Connect and the Student Precinct’s publicly accessible spaces. Join the landscape architects of these spaces, ASPECT Studios and GLAS Landscape Architects, to learn about the ideas, process, construction and usage of the designs.

In Collaboration With:

  • ASPECT Studios

    ASPECT Studios is an international design practice built from a global team of landscape architects, urban designers, architects, wayfinding specialists, strategists and graphic designers. We approach each project by examining the social, cultural, economic, historical and ecological context that underpins it.

  • GLAS landscape architects

    GLAS Landscape Architects designs award-winning public realm spaces and landscapes. GLAS has a particular focus on fostering a connection to nature and bringing sustainable, resilient greening to all projects to create a strong concept and sense of place.

Images: (1) Melbourne Connect. Photo: Peter Bennett. (2) Student Precinct. Photo: Peter Bennett. (3) Melbourne Connect. Photo: Peter Bennett. (4) Student Precinct. Photo: Drew Echberg. (5) Student Precinct. Photo: Drew Echberg

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours run 10.30am + 1pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 50

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet in the inner courtyard of Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St, Carlton. The tour will finish up at 761 Swanston St, Parkville.



Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Sensory friendly


700 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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