Monash University

"The Monash Business School Alumni Centre, is a hybrid education space offering maximum flexibility to accommodate a variety of types and size of occupation."
"Detailing and materials were selected to provide a timeless, crafted approach to the experience of the spaces"
"The project explores the definition of the ‘third space,’ intentionally bluring the boundary between work, living and learning."
Monash Business School Alumni Centre

Monash Business School Alumni Centre

A setting for engagement between university and industry

We created the Alumni Centre for Monash University. It was an interior redevelopment of an existing building in what Melbourne calls the Paris end of Collins Street: it’s set between highest-end retail and the lush garden of the exclusive Melbourne Club.

The Centre is a catalyst for engagement between Monash University and industry. It has a combination of workspaces for staff, students and professional-development education.

It accommodates a range of uses from private study to functions in public, outward-looking social spaces. It’s for a variety of work and education activities and different-sized groups. To make it as flexible as possible, we chose furniture that adapts the spaces to two or three different layouts each, and is easy to adjust and rearrange. We positioned power and data points to suit all layouts.

The Centre is a third place whose design intentionally blurs the boundaries between work, living and learning. BKK achieved this by choosing detailing and materials suited to high-end residential design so the spaces are comfortable and welcoming.

The fitout brings an identity and a public profile to an important university entity that is not a school.


Monash University


Monash University






2018 – 2019


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation


Derek Swalwell