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Michael McKenna - Works


The redevelopment of Sunbury Hall is a 120 room student College on the Victoria University Sunbury campus. A heritage site of State significance as it was the former Sunbury Mental Asylum. Sunbury Hall (c1954), was the Nurses Hostel and a modern building credited to the Public Works Department (PWD) Chief Architect Percy Everett. It is a modern building over three levels on the heritage campus

Sunbury Hall was part of a suite of post war modernist brick architecture designs produced by the PWD influenced by the Dutch modernist architect Willem Dudock. (Also see Collingwood Technical College, RMIT University, Building 9, Essendon Technical School, Caulfield Technical School and MacRoberston Girls High School et al).

This design retains the Hostel and adds a new wing with a courtyard. 79 rooms are refurbished and 41 new rooms added together with communal areas. The architecture for the new wing is abstract and complimentary with linear profiling to fit site contours. The low profile minimises building height and reduces the impact of the additions from uphill vistas. A new forecourt provides a cogent address with a tall canopy element and landscaping / paving.

Metal panel exterior cladding clearly contrasts with the existing brick with a red earth colour that responds to the Sunbury earth. Wall articulation has a a front and back design approach, with flat faced metal panels to front facades and colorbond claddings to rear facades.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2002-05.