World renowned architect Moshe Safdie has been appointed to design the new state-of-the-art building to house the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. This will be Moshe Safdie’s first building in the southern hemisphere.
The new building, to be located at the Clayton campus, will enable the expansion of the already vibrant and successful School of Music. As well as providing teaching and practice spaces, the new building will include a concert hall, jazz club and a recording studio.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ed Byrne said Mr Safdie’s vision for the new building, to produce a rich and vibrant learning and performance space that responds to human needs and aspirations, aligned perfectly with that of the University.
“Music and the performing arts are essential to the cultural fabric of any society. We have a vision to expand the heart of Australia’s cultural capital, transforming the Clayton campus into an alternative cultural epicentre for greater Melbourne, particularly the south-east,” Professor Byrne said.
“Enhancing our existing vibrant Arts Precinct, Moshe Safdie’s iconic building will allow students, staff and the wider community to experience, enjoy and reflect upon the traditions and practices that create and nourish our cultural life.”
“Mr Safdie said architecture had an extraordinary impact on our lives and comes a great responsibility.
“For me, the foundation of architectural thinking is this impact on people. And the solutions evolve from characteristics of place, culture, and contemporary life. In this way we can create buildings that belong and thereby enrich the community,” Mr Safdie said.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Rae Frances said the new building for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will allow the University to offer students world-class facilities to match the world-class music education they receive at Monash University.
“The School of Music is consistently ranked among the best in Australia but our facilities have not kept pace with our achievements,” Professor Frances said.
“The new building will be a fusion of elegant design and high technology infrastructure, and will reflect the philosophy underlying the School of Music, which seeks to inspire its students with an experience of music’s power to transform the lives of performers and audiences alike.”
Mr Safdie will unveil his designs for the new building for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at a public oration at Hamer Hall on Tuesday 23 October starting at 6pm.
Please register for this free event by visiting the event webpage (register first with Arts Centre Melbourne, then book tickets)
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