An angled view of the Orygen main building taken looking up from the ground, standing on a paved road. The photo is taken from the left hand side of the building against a clear blue sky. The building is moss green rectangular, with a wavy roof and is half dark, glass panels, and half green cladding.
A high ceiling interior walkway with two staff members walking through the light filled area, with the right hand wall is made entirely of large glass panes and light colour timber. The left side has timber is made of wavy timber panels leading up to the roof. The roof has timber placements that resemble tree branches splitting off like tree branches.
A wooden large wooden deck in the buildings courtyard, with some grass and hint of a tree to the left. Taken at dusk, to the right and ahead is the exterior of a glass- paneled building, lit up from inside.
IAn angled, birds eye view of a large copper and green colour building nestled between trees in the back and foreground. The copper part of the building is to the left. It is curved at one end, with long, horizontal windows running across the side. The green section has similar windows and a wavy roof.
A large, open plans space, facing a central, staircase. The staircase rail timber extends up to the ceiling and splinters out like tree branches. In the foreground, there are two people sitting to the left, next to glass panels looking out to garden. To the right there are one person sitting at a high table talking to someone out of shot.

Orygen Poplar Road Precinct

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Billard Leece Partnership 2018


Enjoy this showcase of innovation in health design at the Orygen Poplar Road Precinct. Selected as Project of the Year for New Build International at the 2021 Design in Mental Health Awards, this remarkable and internationally unique $78 million redevelopment, nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s inner-city bushland, is home to the world’s largest youth mental health organisation, Orygen.

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Join a guided tour to learn about this multi-award winning redevelopment, created as part of a shared vision with young people, families and staff. Principal architects Billard Leece Partners will share how they designed a health-promoting and healing environment based on universal, biophilic and inclusive design principles. They will discuss the precinct's connection to nature, and how they worked alongside over 140 young people to design and create a safe, welcoming place with a focus on sustainability, wellbeing and destigmatising mental health. Visitors will also be able to experience our world-leading Virtual Reality lab, sensory gardens and innovation spaces.

In Collaboration With:

  • Billard Leece Partnership

    As global experts in social infrastructure design, Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) is one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary architecture practices working Australia-wide and internationally. At BLP, we combine the creativity of a design studio with research, technical capacity, and knowledge through practice to deliver innovative buildings and environments.

  • Ken Tsen + Melanie Pok

    Ken Tsen is an expert in delivering specialist research, health, and laboratory projects, both in Australia and internationally.

    Ken’s approach to design is framed by rigour and empathy, and understanding exactly how the researchers, clinicians, technicians, staff, and visitors will use space. Ken draws on his experience in stakeholder engagement and user workshops to uncover opportunities in improving workflow and process, in turn supporting people to do their best work.

  • Paul Longridge + Tonya Hinde

    Paul Longridge is a Registered Nurse with 15 years’ senior clinical management experience, Paul’s career includes nursing in Australia and the UK, healthcare quality and risk management roles and senior nursing management roles in the Victorian public health system. Paul worked in a clinical advisory role for the new Royal Children’s Hospital PPP, co-authoring the masterplan briefing documentation and the Functional Brief; acting as the Hospital representative at interactive bidder workshops; and undertook study tours to major paediatric centres in Northern Europe and North America before acting as Design Coordinator for various departments of the Hospital.

    Tonya Hinde’s award winning interiors are typified by fresh palettes and a sense of warm, casual style. An interior designer with 30 years’ experience on a wide variety of projects with a personal aim to ‘humanize’ spaces, big or small, Tonya regularly designs for smaller detailed projects, such as individual residences and restaurants, alongside large scale multimillion dollar developments. This results in a personal sense of scale evident across all her projects, regardless of size, sector or typology. Tonya loves drawing, but her favourite thing is to see designs realised – to see people experiencing and interacting in these spaces.

Images: (1-5) Orygen Poplar Road Precinct. All photos: courtesy of Orygen

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Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


35 Poplar Rd, Parkville VIC 3052

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