Built to house aeronautical engineering workshops, the factory-like style of this simple building on University Walk reflects its origins in World War Two, a time of emergency and austerity.
Construction started in 1941, when Australia urgently needed more aircraft expertise and skills. The five-storey building was completed in 1945 and once housed a wind tunnel and dynamics laboratory.
It now features a glass-encased stairwell and is home to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Frances Burke Textile Resource Centre.
Transport and access
Located off La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street, catch a City Loop train to nearby Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72. Tram routes 24, 30 and 35 run along nearby La Trobe Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.