Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne

12 April 2013

The Melbourne-based Bastow Institute of Education Leadership is a world-class learning centre where education leaders connect through innovative engineering and architectural design.  Medland Metropolis designed the integrated building services solutions to transform the former State School into an ultra-modern learning facility for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria.

The multi-award winning architectural design by Maddison Architects’ fuses heritage and contemporary elements with our innovative engineering design. Heritage walls and ceilings were protected and all services concealed within bespoke internal steel structures. Vertical lighting bars feature spotlights; handrails were utilised to conceal LED’s and track lighting was suspended using tie rods.

The Institute has a swag of excellent audio visual and broadcast capabilities.  It can show 3D enabled content using ultra-short throw projectors that project directly onto touch sensitive interactive white boards situated directly below the projector. All lecture theatre activities can be recorded using HD video conferencing facilities that broadcast to in excess of 100 venues throughout the state, with near-live capability to eight at any one time. Every room in the facility is interconnected through an audio visual feed, enabling users to participate in any activity going on in the facility, at any time, from any room.

LCD screens throughout operate like massive iPads enabling users to turn break out spaces into learning environments, and to tap into the central audio visual and computer network for a totally reflexive and integrated learning environment.

QUOTE: “We presented the Medland Metropolis team with unique challenges and they went above and beyond our expectations.” Bruce Armstrong, Director, Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.