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Lab Architecture, Melbourne

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post updated 14 May 2021

Lab Architecture Studio – Key Projects

Major Building:

Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date built: 2001-02
Design: Lab with Bates Smart

Federation Square, Melbourne:
Lab Architecture Studio Federation Square Melbourne
image from University of Melbourne

This was the studio’s first completed building and was published widely

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Location: 373 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Lab Architecture Practice Information

Lab Architecture Studio led by Donald Bates + Peter Davidson

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Anthills to Labyrinths: Engineering Sustainable Architecture
Date: 9 Oct 2012, @ 7.15pm
A free public lecture by Patrick Bellew, Principal, Atelier Ten

Venue: Prince Philip Theatre, Architecture Building

Patrick Bellew, the environmental engineer who was instrumental in the creation of the Labyrinth at Federation Square, will present a special public lecture on engineering sustainable architecture on 9 October.

Patrick Bellew is the founding Director of Atelier Ten, one of the UK’s Royal Designers and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. Atelier ten have become one of the world leaders in sustainability, with projects across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

In his lecture, Patrick will reflect on the changing influences and drivers of ‘green’ design, on the things and people that inspired him and the technologies that have evolved in response to the challenge of high performance building design. Patrick will focus on the importance of the collaborative process in the evolution of high performance buildings, a key factor in the design and construction of Federation Square.

Patrick’s return coincides with the October celebrations of Federation Square’s tenth anniversary, which will feature a host of events throughout the birthday weekend, 25 – 28 October. Patrick’s lecture will give a unique insight into this landmark space, including the collaboration that led to its creation. The winning design by LAB Architecture Studio, in association with Bates Smart, was a close collaboration with talented engineers and consultants. None was more important and had a more profound effect on the success of the project than the input and creativity of Patrick Bellew.

Atelier Ten designed the Labyrinth, a passive cooling system, hidden above the railway and under the sloping plaza of Federation Square. It provides low-energy cooling and heating for the Atrium and supplemental cooling to the offices of the Alfred Deakin Building. Donald Bates, Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne and Director, LAB, has described the Labyrinth as ‘the hidden gem of sustainability at Federation Square.’


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