Designtel - Robb College, Michael Dysart

Robb College [1964]

Michael Dysart

Designed by acclaimed Australian Architect Michael Dysart, Robb College is one of the earlier examples of local Modernist college structures and is notable for its appropriation of the familiar quadrangle plan. Dysart – then 24 – was careful to frame vistas and maintain transparency throughout and utilised standard, prefabricated elements to facilitate remarkably affordable construction. To its core, the Dining Hall block (as pictured) shines: a striking low-profile structure with a curvilinear, cloud-like brise-soleil detail that slides into the interior as a massive timber-vaulted ceiling. Controversially withstanding a listing on the State Heritage Register, the majority of the original campus has since been demolished – with only the Dining Hall left standing.

» «